Veterinary Services

Veterinary practices are required to appoint a Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) when using any source of ionizing radiation (e.g. x-rays).
However, if there are any radioactive isotopes used at a practice – e.g. Technetium-99m for bone scanning Scintigraphy of horses or Iodine-131 for the treatment of Hyperthyroidism in cats – then a Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) must also be appointed. SG&A staff can act in both these capacities.
The advice is given under the provisions of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (with HSE Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and associated Guidance, and it will also cover requirements and good practice contained in other relevant legislation such as the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2018 and professional body guidance and recommendations.

Clients using X-rays benefit from:

Having annual visits to:

  • carry out a full assessment of the x-ray unit/s
  • undertake shielding checks
  • record reference levels
  • conduct an annual dose rate survey
  • audit and advise on written documentation and practical dose reduction measures

Our comprehensive report advises, assists and makes recommendations regarding:

  • risk assessments
  • designation of areas
  • radiation protection documentation including local rules
  • quality assurance – reports and audits
  • training requirements
  • dosimetry
  • appropriate monitoring

Our provisions also include:

  • An annual RPA certificate
  • 24-hour on call emergency availability
  • Updates on relevant legislative changes

Scintigraphy users also benefit from

Experienced Radioactive Waste Advisers who are able to provide advice on permit application, variation and ultimately surrender documentation including the production of environmental impact assessments and Best Available Techniques (BAT) Assessment. RPA/RWAs will also advise on other relevant documentary and practical compliance measures – are also able to liaise with the Environment Agency Inspectors on your behalf if required.

Our provisions also include:

  • An annual RPA certificate
  • 24-hour on call emergency availability
  • Updates on relevant legislative changes

Radiation Protection File

Individualised to each practice comprising of:

  • HSE registration/consent
  • radiation risk assessment
  • local rules
  • Equipment inventory
  • Training records and registers
  • Quality Assurance: reports and audits including Personal Dosimetry

Critical Examination and Acceptance Tests

A Critical Examination & Acceptance Test (CEAT) is required when any article producing ionising radiation (e.g. an x-ray unit) is first installed, or if a major component (e.g. an x-ray tube-head) is replaced.  Arranging a CEAT is the responsibility of the installing engineer, or the employer (if the unit is obtained/installed by that employer). The installer or yourself as an employer may ask SG&A to do the testing on their behalf. 

Inspection of Plans

Planning to expand or move? Under IRR17 Regulation 14(1) (2) and Schedule 4, an RPA must be consulted to undertake a prior examination of plans for installations. After inspecting the plans SG&A provide a report detailing cost effective recommendations pertaining to the project whilst ensuring compliance.

Training

All staff working with ionising radiation must, in accordance with IRR 2017 Regulation 15, be given ‘appropriate training in the field of radiation protection’ and to take on the role of a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) the training must be appropriate for them to be able to carry out their task adequately and reflect the complexity of the work being done. Staff and RPSs are also required to complete refresher training at regular intervals to maintain their levels of competence (the HSE have recommended this be at periods between 3, but not exceeding, 5 years).

SG&A provide appropriate RPS courses at our facilities in Norfolk
and can also deliver bespoke courses at your site (or a venue of your choosing).

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