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International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 10.1, p. 960

Section The radiation safety officer

D. C. Creagha and S. Martinez-Carrerab

aDivision of Health, Design, and Science, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia, and bSan Ernesto, 6-Esc. 3, 28002 Madrid, Spain The radiation safety officer

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The radiation safety officer (RSO) is responsible for the controlled areas within a given establishment. He (or she) is responsible to his employer for the implementation of a radiation-protection programme. His duties will vary according to the legislation and administrative arrangements applicable to his institution but will include, inter alia:

  • (i) giving advice on working practices to management and employees;

  • (ii) monitoring and surveying all controlled areas;

  • (iii) maintaining all equipment for monitoring radiation levels, including personal radiation monitoring devices;

  • (iv) keeping records of radiation levels in controlled areas, dosages to employees, stocks and locations of all radioactive materials and irradiating apparatus;

  • (v) keeping in safe custody all radioactive materials;

  • (vi) arranging the safe disposal of all radioactive waste;

  • (vii) preparing the local rules concerning accident safety and emergencies;

  • (viii) recording and reporting to the appropriate authorities all breaches of the radiation-protection rules.

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