The Key to Reducing Workplace Radiation Exposure

Discover how to reduce workplace radiation exposure from X-ray imaging and protect the wellbeing of staff and patients by factoring in this one key element.

Whether you’re a part of a veterinary practice, radiology department, dental practice or chiropractors, radiation exposure is a real danger for both staff and patients. Exposure to radiation can affect the cells of the body, damaging or destroying them. The effects can be acute, whereby they show up immediately, or they can be chronic, meaning it could take years to appear after the exposure.

At Raybloc, we understand these risks. That’s why, instead of taking a hands-off approach and just selling X-ray protection products for hospitals, veterinary practices and other sectors, we help address the source of the problem by implementing one key element into our process. Over the years, this has helped many organisations and businesses reduce radiation exposure.

Collaborating with architects

One of the most overlooked factors in building a radiation department is in the planning and design stage. If you want to provide the best environment for reducing workplace radiation exposure, you need to start by addressing the foundations.
For years, we’ve been working with medical specialist architects to ensure the first stages of any build consider the specification of our fixed radiation protection products. Working side-by-side, we help them provide detailed drawings and innovative solutions to meet the specific needs of a client.

A part of a medical specialist architect’s job is to think about lead-lined materials when creating X-ray rooms, CT rooms and industrial radiation areas. Using our expertise, we advise them on the best products for the job, the size limitations, ideal materials, perfect finishes, RPA suggestions and other architectural details.

Sometimes the finest of details can make all the difference in improving radiation safety. For instance, using our Door Sets is a smart upgrade from other regular ones architects may have chosen. They’re custom-built from solid hardwood, fully lead-lined for radiation protection and manufactured to the latest hygiene regulations in infection control for use in medical, dental, veterinary or radioactive environments.

Similarly, our Fixed Operator X-Ray Screens can effectively shield and protect against radiation equipment. Working with the architect enables us to create bespoke ones that maximise protection in every corner of the room, while adhering to the latest NHS HTM and infection control standards.

The same goes for our Modular Fixed X-Ray Screens too. These sleek, clean and modern frameless design can be made to any size and shape, depending on the room size.

You see, it’s not just a case of buying the right radiation protective equipment, it’s a matter of customising a solution around your facility. Without the collaboration between the architect and the X-ray protection product provider, you wouldn’t get a purpose-built environment that optimises radiation safety. It’s a small, yet integral alteration which can make all the difference in reducing patient and staff radiation exposure.

Other ways to reduce radiation exposure

As well as addressing the architecture of a room or building, it’s important to implement the basic principles of radiation safety too. For example:Rotate personnel – if you allocate one or two employees to X-ray duties all the time, the risks associated with radiation exposure are going to increase. Rotate responsibilities to reduce the concentrated risk.

Distancing yourself – always ensure you and your team are away from the machinery. According to Inverse Square Law, moving just 2 feet back will reduce your exposure to harmful radiation by up to 4 times.

Address the attitude – as well as focusing on the architecture and layout of your X-ray facilities, it’s beneficial to run regular refresher training sessions for staff about the importance of radiation safety. It also pays to lead by example by setting and following strict safety precautions. Do this and your team will follow suit.

To discover more tips on reducing radiation exposure, take a look at our previous blog: ‘4 Steps to Improving Radiation Safety in Your Veterinary Practice’Or for more information about our X-ray protection products, check out our full range.

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Do not skip corners when it comes to radiation protection. It is what shields you, your staff, and your patients from harmful radiation. There is no compromise when it comes to people’s lives.

Call today to speak to one of our x-ray protection experts on 01902 633383 or email enquiries@raybloc.co.uk
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