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Role of the Radiation Protection Adviser

The radiation employer (the University) must consult with a suitable Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) for advice on complying with the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17).
The RPA must hold a valid certificate of competence from an organisation recognised by the Health and Safety Executive as an Assessing Body for the certification of individual RPAs.

The role of the RPA is to provide advice to the University about protection of its employees and the public from harmful effects of ionising radiation. The scope of advice given will include:

• Installation of radiation sources being introduced into service.
• Critical examinations.
• Controlled and supervised areas.
• Physical control measures and checking systems of work.
• Radiation safety management systems.

The Director of Health and Safety on behalf of the University appoints an RPA for the University.

Aurora Health Physics Services Ltd (3 The Terrace Library Avenue Harwell Oxford Oxfordshire OX11 OSG) is currently contracted as RPA (2019; renewable annually). The contract includes provision of 24 hour telephone and email advice availability.
Angela Yeadon is the lead Radiation Protection Adviser, Radiation Waste Adviser and Laser Protection Adviser, although there are ten other Advisers with whom the University could utilise under this contract. All hold certificates of competence to practice and advise in radiation protection (and/or laser protection).

The Radiation Protection Adviser to the University is contracted to advise on the requirements of radiological protection legislation, and on good working practices, relevant to the following topics:

  • Implementation of requirements relating to radiologically designated (controlled and supervised) areas and work within such areas;
  • Prior examination of plans for the design, use and acceptance-testing of new or modified sources of ionising radiation or facilities for handling radioactive materials;
  • Calibration of equipment provided for monitoring levels of ionising radiation and checking that such equipment is serviceable and correctly used;
  • 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 control, storage and accountancy of radioactive materials;
  • Risk assessments for activities involving work with ionising radiation;
  • The conduct of investigations required by IRR17;
  • Contingency plans (emergency arrangements);
  • Designation of classified persons;
  • Radiation dose assessment and recording;
  • Outside workers and radiation passbooks;
  • Dose limitation and application of the ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practicable) principle;
  • Choice and use of monitoring equipment;
  • Co-operation between employers on application of legal requirements;
  • Local rules and the appointment of radiation protection supervisors;
  • Information, instruction, and training for staff working with ionising radiation;
  • Personal protective equipment.

And to provide:

• Critical appraisals by means of formal audits to agreed standards and less formal visits of laboratories, rooms, sources and stores.
• Reviews of radiation safety management systems and quality systems, particularly in connection with waste management policy and procedures.
• Support in the event of emergencies and incidents.