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Radiation safety culture in the UK medical sector: A top to bottom strategy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Claire-Louise Chapple


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© The Author 2016. UK professional bodies have established a number of sectorial working parties to provide guidance on the improvement of radiation safety (RS) culture in the workplace. The medical sector provides unique challenges in this regard, and the remit of the medical group was to review the current state of RS culture and to develop a framework for improvement. The review of current RS culture was based on measurable indicators, including data from regulatory inspections, personal monitoring data and incident data. An online survey to capture the RS-related views and experience of hospital staff at all levels was carried out, and the responses provided a wealth of information on RS awareness and implementation across the country. The framework for improving RS culture includes both 'top-down' initiatives to engage management and regulators, and 'bottom-up' initiatives relating to engagement and training of different staff groups. A 'Ten-point Assessment' on what constitutes a good approach to medical RS culture has been proposed, which provides a tool for management to assess RS culture in the workplace and has potential use in regulatory inspections in the UK.

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Author(s): Chapple C-L, Bradley A, Murray M, Orr P, Reay J, Riley P, Rogers A, Sandhu N, Thurston J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Radiation Protection Dosimetry

Year: 2017

Volume: 173

Issue: 1

Pages: 80-86

Print publication date: 01/04/2017

Online publication date: 01/12/2016

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0144-8420

ISSN (electronic): 1742-3406

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/rpd/ncw344


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