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Radiation

Part V of The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Radiation Health and Safety Regulations, 2005 outline the rights and responsibilities of owners and operators of radiation equipment.

The Radiation Safety Unit helps ensure owners and operators of radiation equipment and the public are not exposed to unnecessary radiation.

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1. What is Radiation?

Radiation is energy transmitted in the form of waves (electromagnetic or pressure) or particles.

Radiation can be emitted by:

  • X-ray equipment
  • Ultrasound equipment
  • Lasers
  • Ultraviolet devices
  • Radiofrequency/radar emitting devices
  • Microwave emitting devices
  • Infrared emitting devices

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2. Legislative Requirements

The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Radiation Health and Safety Regulations, 2005 outline the rights and responsibilities of owners, installers, operators, and contractors of x-ray facilities.

Rights and responsibilities include:

  • Provide notification to the Radiation Safety Unit within 25 business days of installing or substantially altering radiation equipment;
  • Submitting a facility shielding plan to the Radiation Safety Unit before new x-ray equipment is installed in all new clinics and in clinics where substantial alterations are being made;
  • Ensure all operators of equipment are formally trained and qualified;
  • Post radiation hazard signage that is readable;
  • Have a qualified person inspect radiation equipment as specified in The Radiation Health and Safety Regulations, 2005;
  • Report inspection results to the Radiation Safety Unit within 30 days of the date of inspection; and
  • Limit the radiation exposure of workers and the public.
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3. Submitting a Facility Shielding Plan

Owners, installers, and contractors of x-ray facilities are required to design and submit an X-Ray Shielding Plan to the Radiation Safety Unit.

The Shielding Manual: Plan Approval Guidelines for X-Ray Installation guides owners, installers and contractors in the design and construction of facilities that will house x-ray equipment. Users will find a summary of processes and requirements for submitting a plan. The guide also has information and checklists on proper installation of lead shielding.

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4. Required Notifications and Forms

Owners, installers and contractors of medical, dental, chiropractic, veterinary, and industrial x-ray facilities must provide the Radiation Safety Unit with notification when installing, substantially altering or inspecting radiation equipment.

X-Ray Registration

Owners of ionizing radiation equipment, including x-ray equipment, are required to provide the Radiation Safety Unit with details of their equipment using the

X-Ray Registration Form. This form can be used to register new equipment, de-register old equipment or update equipment information already registered. The form must be submitted within 25 business days of installation or substantial alteration to the equipment.

Ultrasound Registration

Owners of medical ultrasound equipment are required to provide the Radiation Safety Unit with the details of their equipment using the Ultrasound Registration Form B.

Safety and Preventive Maintenance

Owners of medical, chiropractic, dental, and veterinary x-ray equipment are required to arrange for a safety and preventive maintenance inspection. The inspection must be completed by a journeyperson holding a valid license.

The results of all testing must be submitted to the Radiation Safety Unit within 30 days of the inspection. The following forms may be used:

The minimum number of inspections per year is dependent on the type of equipment and is defined in section 14 of the regulations.

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5. Further Information

The Radiation Safety Unit helps ensure that owners and operators of radiation equipment and the public are not exposed to unnecessary amounts of radiation.

The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety also provide training and resource materials related to radiation safety in the workplace.

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