Basic Radiation Safety-Ancillary

July 2nd, 2019
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As a radiation worker, you are required to participate in annual radiation safety training.  Today we will cover three objectives that will satisfy the annual training mandate.

Objective I:    As a worker handling radioactive materials, operating radiation machines, you should know your rights and responsibilities before assuming routine and unsupervised duties within either of these radiation environments.  For example, you have the right to be informed of your occupational exposure, and you have the responsibility to report unsafe conditions and protect your patients and coworkers.

Objective II:    It is important to familiarize yourself with policies established at your facility and regulations specific to your State as related to the safe use and storage of radioactive materials or radiation machines.  For example, State regulations may require you to be issued an individual dose monitor, and the facility policy requires you to leave your individual monitoring device in a designated location at the facility.

Objective III: Promoting safe and effective use of radiation is key to delivery of quality imaging and diagnosis. Radiation workers should be updated on changes or additions to policies and procedures as a result of licensure or regulatory changes, or other directives of the RSO.  Radiation workers should observe and implement procedures designed to minimize radiation exposure to patients and themselves.