In accordance with the California Code of Regulations, Title 17, the registrant/supervisor is responsible for radiation safety. Radiation safety responsibilities include: 1) assuring only competent persons operate the x-ray equipment under his/her jurisdiction; 2) the supervisor must provide safety rules to each individual operating x-ray equipment under his/ her control; and 3) no supervisor shall operate or permit the operation of x-ray equipment unless the equipment and installation meet the applicable requirements of all regulations.
Note: Repeated folding will eventually cause “stress cracks” in the leaded material. Lead aprons should be hung over a rounded bar or rolled up.
Operatories containing x-ray machines shall be provided with barriers at all areas struck by the useful beam. When dental x-ray units are installed in adjacent rooms, protective barriers shall be provided between the rooms. In many cases two layers of 5/8 inch thick dry wall will provide an adequate protective barrier from scatter radiation. However, a radiation health physicist should be consulted prior to construction or remodeling to assure compliance is met.
Employees should report to this employer other occupational exposures to radiation in order to track total occupational exposure for each employee. See the supervisor for information. A pregnant employee also should inform the supervisor of the pregnancy so that appropriate instruction can be provided to the employee.
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