Directorate of Radiation Safety
|Directorate of Radiation Safety||Directorate of Radiation Safety,|
District Hospital Compound,
Thrissur- 680 001
Fax: 0487- 2440001
As per the GO (Rt) 295/94/H&FWD dated 24.01.1994. a Committee was constituted to draw up a project document for setting up of a Radiation Safety Directorate in Kerala, after consulting Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. The committee, which also had representatives of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, has submitted its report to the government and has recommended the setting up of a Radiation Safety Directorate in the State. Government accepts the project document of the committee in principle and set up a Radiation Safety Directorate in the State.
The Radiation Safety Directorate is an independent agency under the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Kerala. On technical matters, the activities of the Directorate will be conducted as per the guidelines of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.
The main functions of the Directorate will be to enforce the rules, regulations and guidelines of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board will delegate to the Directorate, the authority to carry out the functions stipulated under rules 29,30,31 and 32 of the Radiation Protection Rules 1971. A Governing Body called the Radiation Safety Council is constituted by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board to review periodically the working of the Directorate.
The Directorate will inspect Medical X-ray installations to ensure compliance with the mandatory requirements stipulated by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. It will be ensured that only equipments type approved by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board are installed in the new installations. The old and unsafe equipment will be phased out if they do not satisfy minimum radiological safety requirements.
The lay out of the installations will be carried out of under the guidance of Specialists in radiological protection to ensure that all radiological safety requirements are satisfied in every installation from the very beginning. Training programme for technologists and radiologists will be organized to ensure that they are enlightened about safe practices.