- Radiation Protection Services
With over 30 years experience providing Radiation Protection Advice to veterinary 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.
Regulation 13 of the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 (IRR99) requires that employers working with ionising radiations must consult with a suitable Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) on matters detailed in the IRR99 (listed below).
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.
Our RPA service will advise you in a clear and friendly manner the best, most cost-effective methods of complying with all requirements of the relevant provisions, codes of practice and guidance notes relative to radiological protection. In particular, this advice will cover all necessary aspects of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR99) and The Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (RSA93) that apply to both small and large animal (equine) veterinary practices.
IRS, as your RPA will help you with:
IRS will also assist in the investigation of any of the following circumstances:
Following any of these investigations, IRS will recommend in writing the correct and cost-effective measures that should be adopted to rectify the situation.
The use of radioactive materials in the veterinary sector is usually encountered in veterinary hospitals and my include the use of radioisotopes for therapeutic procedures and gamma camera imaging studies.
The RWA will assist in the follow areas of radioactive material and waste environmental compliance:
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.
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 meets the approval of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and 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 Veterinary field.For more information on all IRS’s Veterinary radiation protection services, or if you would like to speak to an RPA about your service needs, contact IRS by telephone on: 0151 7096296, or by email at: