X-ray Safety

X-ray equipment or devices used at the University of Lethbridge for teaching and research purposes are regulated in Alberta under the Radiation Protection Regulation. This regulation requires that designated x-ray equipment must be registered before they can be used.

The registration process requires a formal compliance inspection to be carried out to ensure that the x-ray equipment meets certain specified safety standards before it may be registered. The compliance inspection and registration must be completed prior to using designated x-ray equipment. 

Safety Services administers of the University's X-ray Safety Program and must be contacted prior to the acquisition and use of any designated x-ray equipment. 

X-Ray Safety Training is required for users of designated x-ray equipment (as applicable for regulatory requirements).  Contact safety.services@uleth.ca to enroll.

 

Legislation:

AB Radiation Protection Act

AB Radiation Protection Regulation 

Radiation Health X-ray Equipment Registration

Health Canada - Safety Requirements and Guidance for Analytical X-ray Equipment – Safety Code 32, 94-EHD-186

 

Guidelines for setting up an x-ray lab:

1. Review the UofL X-Ray Safety and Procedures Manual.pdf

2. Contact safety.services@uleth.ca and arrange to meet with the Radiation Safety Officer to review x-ray safety program requirements.

3. Obtain manufacturer’s specifications for the x-ray equipment/device and send to the Radiation Safety Officer.

4. Obtain the manufacturer’s user manual and send a copy to the Radiation Safety Officer.

5. Register your designated x-ray equipment or device(s) with Safety Services completing the Registration of Designated Radiation Equipment Procedure.docx and the UofL Application for registration of Designated Equipments.pdf.

6. Complete X-ray Safety Training, as required (contact safety.services@uleth.ca to register): 

7. Set up your lab:

  • Conduct a hazard assessment and implement all necessary hazard controls (engineering and administrative controls).
  • Purchase appropriate personal protective equipment, if required.
  • Apply for radiation dosimeters, if required. (The Radiation Safety Officer will advise if dosimeters are required after the safety compliance verification has been completed).
  • Arrange for a lab visit by the Radiation Safety Officer once setup is complete.

Additional Resources:

General SOP Template.docx

Contact the Radiation Safety Officer for further information regarding safety training and compliance with provincial regulations.