IRS has a team of highly experienced RPAs. All our RPAs are accredited by RPA2000, which is a recognised accreditation body 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, video conference or pre-arranged visit at any timeduring normal working hours (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm). After hours service can also be provided, if required.
IRS, as your RPA, will help you with:
- The performance of critical examinations on behalf of the installer or supplier of new items of x-ray equipment,
- The identification of controlled and supervised areas,
- The designation of classified persons,
- The interpretation and significance of radiation exposures, including pregnant workers and patients,
- Compliance with any special notices served by Health & Safety Executive,
- Drawing up local rules,
- The appointment of Radiation Protection Supervisors,
- The training and instruction of Radiation Protection Supervisors, employees and other persons affected by work with ionising radiations,
- The prior examination of plans (scaled drawings or digital images) for installations and the acceptance into service of new or modified sources of ionising radiation in relation to any engineering controls, design features, safety features and warning devices provided to restrict exposure to ionising radiation,
- Performance and assessment of barrier transmission measurements in order to verify environmental safety,
- The regular calibration of equipment provided for monitoring of levels of ionising radiation and the regular checking that such equipment is serviceable and correctly used,
- The periodic examination and testing of engineering controls, design features safety features and warning devices and regular checking of systems of work provided to restrict exposure to ionising radiation,
- The assessment of hazards arising from foreseeable incidents and the drawing up of contingency plans and risk assessments where appropriate,
- Any specific matters raised by the Health and Safety Executive or by the Environment Agency,
- The acceptance of new installations, processes and equipment (including equipment modifications) that may have radiation safety implications,
- Periodic assessment of X-ray equipment performance (Type A and B tests),
- The provision, maintenance and testing of safety features and personal protective clothing,
- The extent to which personnel monitoring and environmental surveys are required,
- Environmental monitoring, using both active and passive dosemeters for all radiation environments,
- RPA services to radiopharmacy,
- RPA services to clinical research programmes involving the use of ionising radiation,
- Selection and use of adequate and suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
IRS will also assist in the investigation of any of the following circumstances:
- When the dose received by an employee is believed to be much greater or less than that recorded on their individual dosemeter,
- When it is believed that a person may have been overexposed to radiation,
- When the results of environmental or individual monitoring indicate unsatisfactory conditions, or the possibility that under normal working conditions persons might receive doses in excess of those levels considered reasonable under the circumstances,
- When quantities of radioactive substances exceeding the amounts specified in the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 have been:
- Dispersed by routes not permitted by a radioactive waste disposal authorisation,
Following any of these investigations, IRS will recommend in writing the correct and cost-effective measures that should be adopted to rectify the situation. This includes all necessary support to hospitals regarding interactions with Government agencies, including the Environmental Agency (EA), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and law enforcement/fire and rescue services.