- Radiation Protection Services
With over 30 years experience providing Radiation Protection Advice to dental practices, IRS is your one-stop solution to all your radiation protection needs.
Our Compliance Audit procedure provides you with a simple, straightforward solution to demonstrating compliance with the relevant regulations and guidance notes. Our cost effective and responsive service enables you to fulfil your legal requirements with minimal disruption of your business activities.
Employers working with ionising radiations to patients must fulfil legal safety requirements contained in both the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 (IRR99), concerned with the safety of staff and the general public, as well as Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 (IRMER2000), concerned with the safety of patients.
IRS’s team of highly experienced Radiation Protection Advisors and Medical Physics Experts will provide the necessary support and advice to help you fulfil your legal requirements under UK law.
IRS has a team of highly experienced RPAs who can help you to fulfil this requirement. All our RPAs are accredited by RPA2000, which is a recognised accreditation agent by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). IRS also holds corporate accreditation as an RPA body with HSE. This ensures IRS can provide co-ordinated, expert advice at all times.
IRS RPAs are available for consultation by telephone, fax, email or pre-arranged visit at any time during normal working hours (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm). After hours service can also be provided, if required.IRS, as your RPA, must be consulted on the following requirements of IRR99:
Following any of these investigations, IRS will recommend in writing the correct and cost-effective measures that should be adopted to rectify the situation.
IRS provides a wide range of personnel and environmental (e.g. X-ray and Radon) radiation monitoring services. These services will help you monitor the effective and equivalent doses received by persons exposed to ionising radiations. Equally, where background levels of radiation are a consideration, IRS’s monitoring services will help employers provide safe working environments for their staff.
IRS’s dosimetry service is integrated fully with our RPA functions, ensuring our customers receive a coherent and cost-effective service in line with new technological developments. This ensures that the most effective dosimetric techniques are applied throughout all clinical environments.
IRS provides film, TLD and direct-reading electronic dosimeters, with whole body or extremity monitoring available as required. We can also supply passive radon detection monitors. These monitors utilise passive alpha-track detection.
Our flexible and competitively priced monitoring service can supply badges to be worn for periods of one or two months. Badges can be supplied continuously, periodically or on a one-off basis. All monitoring services come with the ability to view your dose reports online and are approved by the Health and Safety Executive.
IRS has a team of highly experienced MPEs, who can help you to fulfil all requirements of IRMER2000. All our MPEs are recognised as Clinical Scientists by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), who regulate standards of professional support to healthcare.
IRS MPEs are available for consultation by telephone, fax, email or pre-arranged visit at any time during normal working hours (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm). After hours service can also be provided, if required.IRS, as your MPE, must be consulted in relation to the following IRMER requirements:
In order to ensure a cost-effective service, as well as all legal requirements are met, IRS employs a web-based Compliance Audit scheme for our customers. This scheme ensures that all appropriate consultation with an RPA, as indicated in IRR99 takes place.
The scheme is realised through the provision of a compliance audit questionnaire that covers all aspects of a holistic RPA consultation programme.
Upon joining the scheme, a questionnaire will be immediately issued via RPA Web, IRS’s bespoke online RPA portal, to the customer. Upon completion, a compliance report will be issued identifying any gaps and areas that might require further consideration. Thereafter, the compliance audit is undertaken on a 3 yearly basis to monitor any changes in the working environment and overall standards of radiation safety. The self assessment scheme helps formalise the process of consultation required under the IRR99.
This approach ensures full RPA support without the need to routinely visit a customer’s premises and its associated expense. Moreover, IRS employs other up-to-date consultation mechanisms, including the use of digital images of the operating environment and/or video conferencing in order to gain a full and detailed understanding our customers’ radiation environment. Furthermore, an RPA is always available at short notice by e-mail or telephone for direct consultations. IRS always ensures that requests for advice are followed up promptly, with the customers’ needs always placed first.
For our customers that would prefer a face-to-face visit, IRS is happy to undertake an RPA visit at an agreed and acceptable cost. These will be undertaken by experienced and fully qualified RPA staff with many years experience in the Dental field.