Radiation Safety

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has revised their rules and regulations related to radiation safety, and these revisions went into effect July 1, 2010. CVMA has gathered the following resources for your information.

“State Changes Radiation Rules for Veterinarians”
For the article “State Changes Radiation Rules for Veterinarians” that appeared in the CVMA Voice 2010 issue #2, click here.

Regulations
A complete copy of the regulations can be found on the CDPHE website by clicking here.

Radiation Safety Policy
To comply with the Colorado Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Radiation Control of the CDPHE, all facilities registered with the Department must have in place and readily available for the qualified inspector to review, a Radiation Safety Policy. Click here for the updated Radiation Safety Policy. CVMA has developed a template for this policy for your use. Please click here for the document.

Information Relevant to Ensuring That Occupational Radiation Exposures at Medical Institutions Will Be As Low As Is Reasonably Achievable
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published guidance for workplace exposure to radiation at veterinary clinics and other medical institutions designed to help keep employees and other as safe as possible. The guide is available on from the AVMA by clicking here.

CDPHE Issues Warning: Illegal Handheld Dental and Veterinary X-Ray Units May Present Hazard
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted a warning for dental and veterinary professionals about certain potentially unsafe hand-held dental X-ray units. The X-ray units have been sold under various manufacturer names via the Internet and directly shipped to customers from Southeast Asia. Click here for full release and links to FDA statements.