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Role of the Radiation Protection Supervisor

A Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) is appointed for the purpose of securing compliance with the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 in respect of work carried out in an area which is subject to Local Rules.

An RPS has a role in helping to ensure adherence to the safe working practices made by the employer (the University of Warwick), in particular supervising safe working arrangements set out in Local Rules.
Legal responsibility for compliance remains with the employer and cannot be delegated to the RPS.
To achieve the above an RPS will be required to:
• Know and understand the requirements of the Regulations and local rules relevant to the work.
• Command sufficient authority from people doing the work to allow the RPS to supervise the radiation protection aspects of the work.
• Understand the precautions necessary to restrict exposure.
• Know what to do in an emergency.
• Recognise the need to seek advice in certain circumstances.

An RPS will be formally appointed in writing by a Head of School or Department.
An RPS must complete an accredited and validated RPS training course.

Examples of duties.
Duties will vary between Departments depending on the type and scale of work involved and the availability of additional local competent staff and support.
• Provide support and advice to assist staff in the day to day control of activities using ionising radiation.
• Assist in carrying out risk assessments for work involving radioactive sources and assist in writing Local Rules.
• Make sure staff are provided with information, instruction and training on safe working with substances and equipment capable of emitting ionising radiation.
• Supervise keeping of source records for radioactive sources.
• Undertake physical stock checks of radioactive sources.
• For their area of responsibility, set up a regular scheme for monitoring and recording of contamination levels and/or radiation dose rates.
• Arrange for the immediate repair of any defective safety or warning system associated with equipment which emits ionising radiation.
• Co-ordinate the periodic testing of radiation monitoring equipment.
• Co-ordinate the periodic leak testing of sealed radioactive sources
• Make sure that contingency plans exist in the event of an accident or incident, particularly if a person is accidentally exposed to ionising radiation or there is damage, theft or loss of a radioactive source.