Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
X-Ray 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
Basic Training
Available by e-Learning
This online course introduces the concepts of radiation and radiation safety to people who work in environments where radiation is used and for anyone wanting basic knowledge on the subject. It defines radiation and creates a better understanding of its impacts within the manufacturing and food processing sectors, and to recognize radiation regulatory bodies.
Available by e-Learning
The X-ray Safety in the Workplace course is an awareness-level course to help learners understand how X-ray technology is used in the manufacturing and food processing industries and how to increase safety around this equipment. It is an essential building block for anyone seeking to play a constructive role in making their workplace healthy and safe.
X-Ray Safety Resources and Tools
A collection of checklists to help guide routine x-ray equipment inspections, including a resource for Joint Health and Safety Committees
Toolbox Talk
Radiation is simply energy that is in motion. It can travel either in waves or as particles through space or some other material medium. All matter, whether at rest or moving, has energy. X-rays are a form of high energy electromagnetic radiation. It has the potential to harm us, so it is important to receive […]
The JHSC brings workers and employers together to identify existing or potential health and safety hazards in the workplace.
This guidebook provides additional information to the employer, to help them build or tailor their x-ray safety program.
A template employers can use to create their site/company specific safety program.
News & Blog Articles
by Lisa Thibault X-ray machines are not new – they’ve been in use for decades for medical, dental, and veterinary diagnostics. Almost everyone is familiar with having their teeth x-rayed at the dentist’s office or a limb x-rayed after a...
New x-ray safety workshop How prevalent is x-ray radiation risk within the manufacturing sector? Are manufacturers equipped to address this emerging risk? The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC and Radiation Safety Institute of Canada conducted an exploratory review to find...