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Role of the Radiation Protection Officer

A Radiation Protection Officer (RPO) is a specialist in radiation safety and compliance matters and is an appointed position within University Health and Safety Services.
The role of the RPO is to support the University’s work with ionising radiations by ensuring arrangements are in place to manage radiation risks, so that work is carried out safely and in compliance with Regulations and so that University employees and the public are protected from harmful effects.

The role involves:

1. Acting as the point of contact within the University for the external Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA).

2. Acting as the point of contact within the University for Regulators relevant to ionising radiations compliance i.e. the Environment Agency (EA) and the Health and Safety Executive.

3. Preparing periodic status reports on radiation safety and management for purposes of University governance.

4. Managing Environment Agency Permits including:
• Make application for new or variation to existing EA Permits.
• Manage the collation of waste records and make Pollution Inventory returns to EA on behalf of the University.
• Advise on the use of Exemptions under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2011.
• Advise on routes of radioactive waste disposal.

5. Monitoring site activity against Environment Agency Permit conditions; including
• Expert inspection and auditing of storage and disposal facilities.
• Auditing holdings and usage records.
• Auditing waste accumulation in stores.
• Performing waste sampling when required by the Regulator.
• Performing measurements to check radiation doses, dose rates and activity.

6. Arranging for disposal of radioactive waste to authorised contractors.

7. Managing the security of radioactive sources according to current national requirements and carry out periodic security audits.

8. Managing facility or site decommissioning.

9. Applying and managing maintenance of a Best Practicable Means (BPM) culture in management and operations including :.
• Advising on design standards for laboratories and designation of areas.
• Providing site specific information to the RPA (for BPM, risk assessments etc.).
• Contributing to the production of local rules and local radiation safety policy.
• Assessing that BPM is being applied.
• Advising Radiation Protection Supervisors.

10. Managing a system for the provision of personal dosimetry and associated record-keeping.

11. Advising on selection of monitoring equipment and manage a system for the periodic calibration of radiation and contamination monitors and associated record-keeping.

12. Managing an inventory of equipment capable of emitting x-rays.

13. Investigating incidents and report incidents when appropriate to the relevant regulatory authority.

14. Advising on training in radiation safety.