X-ray and radiation safety
Any workplace that has a radiation source on-site must develop a radiation protection program to ensure the health and safety of workers and others. X-ray equipment is usually well shielded, controlled, and safe. But the risk with x-ray equipment typically increases over time, as equipment ages and is potentially resold in the secondary equipment market without proper documentation and maintenance. And because the effects of radiation exposure are cumulative and can take years—or decades—to appear, the hazard can go unnoticed, putting employees at risk for health complications later in life—and the company at risk of future liability.
If you use x-ray equipment in your workplace, it's important to understand the potential long-term risks from radiation for the health and safety of your workers.
A radiation safety program should contain:
- Documented identification and inventory of radiation sources
- Hazard identification/risk assessment
- Adequate safe work procedures for use, storage and emergency response
- Training and supervision of all workers at-risk
- Monitoring of workers and the workplace for radiation exposure