- Radiation Protection Services
IRS is one of the longest standing radiation protection advisory services in the UK, with over 30 years experience providing Radiation Protection Advisory services across all sectors that employ or encounter ionising radiations. During this time, IRS has provided radiation protection support services to educational establishments such as schools, colleges and Universities across the UK.
IRS has the required competence, knowledge and experience offering scientific support to the educational sector. We possess a detailed understanding of the unique operational issues encountered in this field and can provide services that meet and exceed all requirements of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Criteria of Competence.
IRS is recognised as an RPA Body by the HSE and all Radiation Protection Advisers (RPAs) are certified under RPA 2000. As a result, we can provide you with the necessary advice and guidance to help protect both students and staff, as well as ensure the fulfilment of all employers’ statutory requirements.
If your establishment works with ionising radiation in the form of holds radioactive materials or x-ray sources, the employer has a duty in law to initially consult and if required formally appoint an RPA who has the suitable knowledge, experience and credentials to advise appropriately on all relevant safety aspects.
If radioactive sources are employed as part of teaching programmes, or if naturally occurring radioactivity such as Radon are suspected within the educational environment, then IRS is your one-stop solution to all your radiation protection needs.
IRS offers education customers a 3 year contract, charged annually.
This contract includes the appointment of an RPA, all communication and advice via e-mail, telephone, fax or video conference during the year, as well as any reports following such communication.
In the first year there will be an audit visit to your premises. The purpose of the audit visit is to review radiation protection requirements in accordance with the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR 99). The audit will then be repeated every 3 years.
The audit in the first year will include:
Following any audit investigations, IRS will recommend in writing the correct and cost-effective measures that should be adopted, if required, to rectify the situation.
IRS RPAs are available for consultation by telephone, fax, email, video conference or pre-arranged visit at any time during normal working hours (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm). After hours service can also be provided, if required.