As Veterinary Surgeons, you may use both ionising and non-ionising radiations. These radiations can be associated with the use of x-ray machines, sealed or unsealed radioactive substances (for nuclear medicine procedures), and possibly lasers.
Although you will no doubt understand and be aware of the risks involved in using your particular apparatus or procedures, there is a significant amount of complex legislation surrounding the use of ionising and non-ionising radiations that you may not be fully aware of.
Your Practice has to ensure that it complies with this legislation if it wishes to avoid potential prosecution, and if you are to keep your staff, patients and visitors safe.
The ‘advice’ sections of the website gives some pointers to the key features of this legislation and how it may be complied with.
The appointment of a suitable Radiation Protection Adviser is one of the necessary steps you must take.
Graham has experience in designing x-ray facilities and liasing with architects, as well as routine radiological protection.
Flexible and competitive contracts can be arranged to suit your individual needs.
Our usual contacts are set up on an annual basis, with a start date to suit you.
We will provide at least one on-site visit near the beginning of the first contract year. Subject to certain conditions, we may be able to offer a lower priced, no-visit contact in the following two years.
Full visit and audit reports will be given.
All contracts include telephone and email support.
Telephone advice will always be backed up in writing.
Documented Local Rules and a Radiation Risk Assessment will be produced to suit your working practice.