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UK guidance on the management of personal dosimetry systems for healthcare staff working at multiple organizations

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

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Abstract

There has been concern expressed by the UK regulator, the Health and Safety Executive, regarding the management of occupation dose for healthcare radiation workers who work across multiple organizations. In response to this concern, the British Institute of Radiology led a working group of relevant professional bodies to develop guidance in this area. The guidance addresses issues of general system management that would apply to all personal dosimetry systems, regardless of whether or not the workers within that system work across organizational boundaries, along with exploring efficient strategies to comply with legislation where those workers do indeed work across organizational boundaries. For those specific instances, the guidance discusses both system requirements to enable organizations to co-operate (Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 Regulation 15), as well as specific instances of staff exposure. This is broken down into three categories- low, medium and high risk. A suggested approach to each is given to guide employers and their radiation advisers in adopting sensible strategies for the monitoring of their staff and the subsequent sharing of dosimetry data to ensure overall compliance with both dose limits and optimization requirements.


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Author(s): Rogers A, Chapple C-L, Murray M, Platton D, Saunderson J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Radiology

Year: 2017

Volume: 90

Issue: 1079

Online publication date: 12/10/2017

Acceptance date: 06/09/2017

ISSN (print): 0007-1285

ISSN (electronic): 1748-880X

Publisher: British Institute of Radiology

URL: https://doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20170363

DOI: 10.1259/bjr.20170363

PubMed id: 28936897


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