Procedures and management

  • Has the employer notified the HSE of the intention to use radioactive sources

  • Has the employer appointed a radiation protection adviser (RPA)

  • A radiation protection supervisor (schools) has been appointed

  • The standard operating procedures and contingency plans are in place

  • The name and contact details of the RPS (schools) and RPA have been included in the standard operating procedures and/or in the science department's health and safety policy

  • For schools in the CLEAPPS local authority RPA scheme, the name of the local authority and the RPO is included in the standard operating procedures.

  • All the radioactive substances kept are suitable for use in schools and colleges

  • The radioactive substances held are within the standard school holding or have been justified and approved

  • Appropriate working monitoring equipment is available

  • There are satisfactory storage arrangements for radioactive substances

  • The fire and rescue service has been told where the radioactive substances are kept (usually via site manager)

Documentation

  • A radioactive source history is held for each source. Detailing the results of periodic inspections and leak tests

  • The use log is completed whenever sources are used

  • The monthly simple store check record is up to date

  • The RPS checklist for radioactive sources and store has been completed annually

Competencies

  • The RPS (Schools) is satisfied that staff authorised to handle or use radioactive substances are appropriately qualified

  • The RPS (schools) is satisfied that they are familiar with and understand the standard operating procedures

  • The RPS (schools) has provided appropriate instruction and training

  • The RPS (schools) has ensured that appropriate instruction and training is given to all students particularly those aged 16 and above who handle sealed sources.

  • Signature of member of staff

  • Signature from RPO

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