Radiation protection supervisors (RPSs) have a crucial role to play in helping ensure compliance with the arrangements made by the employer for working with ionising radiation.
Employers (based in England, Scotland and Wales) must appoint one, or more, suitable RPSs under the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) in respect of any work carried out in any area that they have made subject to local rules.
For a person to be suitable to act as a RPS, they should:
- know and understand the requirements of IRR17 and the local rules relevant to the work with ionising radiation;
- command sufficient authority from the people doing the work to allow them to supervise the radiation protection aspects of the work;
- understand the necessary precautions to be taken and the extent to which they will restrict exposures;
- be given sufficient time and resources to carry out their functions; and
- know what to do in an emergency.
RPSs require appropriate training, refreshed at appropriate intervals, to carry out the task adequately.
This training course has been developed in association with the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) to ensure that the complexity of the work being performed by chiropractors is reflected and that the content is relevant to chiropractic RPSs.
A course handout is provided and this contains all of the slides used in the training package.
This course covers:
1. The nature of ionising radiation and its interaction with tissue including:
- The nature of any harmful effects;
- The principle of restricting exposure to ionising radiation so far as is reasonably practicable; and
- The concept of external radiation exposure.
2. The quantities used for measuring ionising radiation, including the units of measurement.
3. Relevant radiation measurement techniques.
4. Basic legal requirements:
- The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) and Approved Code of Practice (L121);
- Local rules, their purpose and how to use them to secure compliance with the Regulations;
- Risk assessments;
- Provisions specific to women and young people;
- Designation of people and areas; and
- Appreciation of relevant general health and safety legislation.
5. The basic principles of practical radiation protection:
- Source strength;
and how those principles are carried through to chiropractic working arrangements.
6. In-house knowledge that should be acquired by the RPS to be suitable to perform their role
7. Practical procedures to be followed in the event of an accident, incident, emergency or other unwanted occurrence, including procedures for reporting adverse incidents.
Upon completion of the various modules in this training course there is a short assessment. Upon successful completion of this assessment a certificate of course completion is automatically generated and sent out.
- IRR17 parts 1 (Preliminary) and 2 (General principles and procedures)
- IRR17 parts 3 (Arrangements for the management of radiation protection) and 4 (Designated Areas)
- IRR17 parts 5 (Classification and monitoring of persons), 6 (Arrangements for the control of radioactive substances, articles and equipment) and 7 (Duties of employees and miscellaneous)
What others have been saying about this course:
RPS training for Chiro's
After many years of commuting to distant parts of the UK for yet another RPS course update that costs a fortune, I was over the moon to find a chiropractic specific RPS course that I could do online. The course is great value and only took 4 hours...
Bob Kerr BSc(Hons) CRadP FSRP MRSC MSaRS
Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA), Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) and Managing Director
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I am the Director of RP Alba Ltd. I have been working with and advising users of radiation and radioactivity for nearly 20 years. Most of my radiological work has been in various parts of the United Kingdom (UK), however I have also performed work with radiation and radioactive materials on various continents.
I hold a Certificate of Competence from RPA2000 to act as a Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) and a further Certificate of Competence to act as a Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA). I am a Chartered Radiation Protection Professional (CRadP), a Fellow of the Society for Radiological Protection (FSRP), a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), a Member of the Association of University Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO) and a Member of the Safety & Reliability Society (MSaRS).
I have first hand experience of working with clients in various sectors that use radiation or work with radioactivity. My first hand radiological experience includes work with the following sectors: X-ray manufacturer/suppliers, veterinary, dental, medical, food manufacturing, industrial radiography, nuclear, universities, schools, class 7 dangerous goods transportation companies and contaminated land remediation.
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