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 firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll.
Guidelines for setting up an x-ray lab:
1. Review the U of L X-Ray Safety and Procedures Manual.pdf
2. Contact email@example.com 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 U of L Application for registration of Designated Equipments.pdf.
6. Complete X-ray Safety Training (generic online training). PIs are also required to provide and document site-specific training for their personnel for the x-ray equipment that will be used.
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.
Contact the Radiation Safety Officer for further information regarding safety training and compliance with provincial regulations.