The law at work

Chapter 2 The law at work





KEY POINTS








THE HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ETC. ACT 1974


The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA) is the most important British health and safety law and is applicable to nearly every work activity. It is a huge document and its objective is to provide protection for people at work and for the general public. It does this by setting out general duties for both the employer and the employee. Failure to comply with these duties constitutes a criminal offence and both employers and employees can be prosecuted. It also provides the basis under which other health and safety regulations are enabled, the following of which are particularly relevant to radiographic work:













THE IONISING RADIATIONS REGULATIONS 1999 (IRR99)


These regulations deal with the health and safety of those working with ionising radiation and are policed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It is essential, as a radiation worker, that you are completely familiar with these regulations and you should therefore read them in their published form.










THE IONISING RADIATIONS (MEDICAL EXPOSURE) REGULATIONS 2000 [IR(ME)R]


These regulations deal with the safe and effective use of ionising radiation used in clinical practice and they underpin all medical exposures.4 They are policed by the Department of Health. It is essential that you are completely familiar with these regulations.


The regulations impose duties on those responsible for administrating ionising radiation to protect people undergoing medical exposure. This would include:








Feb 20, 2016 | Posted by in GENERAL RADIOLOGY | Comments Off on The law at work
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