IRS understands the unique challenges facing our Industrial customers when operating within the radiation environment.

We are proud of our pedigree of Industrial Sector partnerships and have worked both Nationally and Internationally on varied and complex projects.

IRS has over 30 years experience delivering radiation protection consultancy and support, both on and off site, to Industrial clients throughout the world. We are experts in the provision of advice across the entire spectrum of industrial applications utilising ionising radiation, including environmental monitoring.

IRS has assisted clients involved in large scale infrastructure projects, including hospital, tunnel and road construction. We have worked with partners in the utilities industry to ensure environmental safety and provided advice to manufacturing industries employing X-Ray equipment and radioisotopes.

Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA)/Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) and Consultancy Services

IRS has a team of highly experienced RPAs and RWAs who can help you fulfil all legal radiation protection requirements that apply to your particular industry. This includes, though is not limited to, Utilities, Construction, Manufacturing, Food processing and other environments where radioisotopes or X-Ray units are employed.

We are experts in the provision of advice relating to environmental protection and risk management, including situations where Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) may be involved.

IRS possesses unique and unrivalled knowledge working with a variety of industrial partners. This often includes our involvement at the design stage of facilities construction, working with architects to ensure the safety of the working environment and the suitability of construction materials for the intended application. IRS has consulted on high value, complex projects throughout the world and fully understands the commercial challenges involved.

Our Team

All IRS RPAs are accredited by RPA 2000, which is a recognised accreditation agent by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We also hold corporate accreditation as an RPA body with HSE. This ensures IRS can provide co-ordinated, expert advice to national standards.

IRS is available for consultation on all appropriate requirements of IRR 17, the principal legislative instrument for radiation safety in the working environment.

We routinely advise our clients in some of the following areas:


  • Expert advice on overall radiation protection requirements, including both operational and administrative matters,
  • Help and advice relating to RPA consultation, as required by Regulation 13 of IRR 17,
  • Review of Architects drawings to ensure a safe working environment,
  • Assistance in the development of safe environments to store, manage and dispose of Radionuclides,
  • Advice on the choice of equipment and its impact on facility design/operation from a radiation safety perspective,
  • Help and advice on the effective training of staff,
  • Assessment of requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


  • Advice relating to the prior notification of the commencement of work with Ionising Radiation,
  • Support to equipment installation, including the Critical examination and Commissioning of equipment,
  • Advice and guidance on seeking the necessary permits for storage and disposal of Radioactive materials,
  • Advice on the need for Personal and Environmental monitoring,
  • Establishment of an IRR 17 Radiation Protection Folder, including associated Local Rules and Risk Assessment documentation,
  • Provision of training needs analysis for staff in relation to IRR 17 requirements,
  • Support relating to the suitability of Appointments, such as the Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS),
  • Delivery of suitable Education and Training Programmes for your staff, including Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) training.


  • Help and assistance with the investigation of any accidental exposure or overexposure to radiation,
  • Advice on the implementation of a suitable Quality Assurance (QA) programme for equipment,
  • Advice and support regarding Contamination/Leakage Monitoring and the safe use of radioisotopes,
  • Provision of monitoring to verify the structural integrity of handheld explosives detectors,
  • Review of IRR 17 Documentation, including Local Rules and Risk Assessments,
  • Advice relating to the suitability of equipment service and maintenance arrangements,
  • Review the training needs of your staff in relation to changing work practices, new equipment and technology advancements,
  • Advice and assistance relating to the implementation of periodic environmental monitoring programmes,
  • Delivery of Education and Training update programmes for your staff, including RPS Refresher training,
  • Advisory support and guidance in respect of interactions with appropriate Regulatory/Government agencies.

Personal and Environmental Dosimetry

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 any of your staff who may be exposed to ionising radiations.

Where background levels of radiation are a consideration (e.g. in a high radon level area), IRS’s dosimetry monitoring services will help employers provide safe working environments for their staff and the general public.

IRS’s dosimetry service is integrated fully with our RPA function. This means that, should you choose IRS as your RPA, we will be fully informed of any untoward dose levels that may occur and can support your organisation in dealing with this type of situation immediately. As your RPA, IRS would also offer you comprehensive advice on the most appropriate monitoring regime for your practice.

Dosimeter Technology

IRS provides Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dosemeters, Thermo-Luminescent Dosemeters (TLD) and direct-reading electronic dosimeters, with whole body or extremity monitoring available as required. These latter dosemeters are particularly useful when monitoring staff for a limited period of time, i.e. during pregnancy, or in the event that on-going dose reports may be required.

We can also supply passive radon detection monitors. These monitors utilise passive alpha-track detection technology and can monitor atmospheric radon concentrations in the workplace.

Our flexible and competitively-priced personnel monitoring service can supply monitors to be worn for periods of one, two or three months. Monitors 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 (HSE).


For more information about IRS’s Dosimetry Services or to place an order, please see our Dosimetry Services page.

Ionising radiations play an important role in modern industrial practices and are employed in a wide array of industrial applications.

With our extensive operational experience of radiation protection in the industrial sector, together with our detailed knowledge of legislative requirements, IRS is ideally placed to deliver training courses appropriate for your staff. This includes individuals who undertake the duties of a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) or who play a supporting role in the application of ionising radiation as part of modern industrial processes.

For more detailed information on the courses we provide to the industrial sector, or to book a place at one of our regular events, please see the Education and Training Courses section of our website.

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