BIR Radiation Safety


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The Radiation Safety Special Interest Group is a truly multidisciplinary group as radiologists, radiographers and scientists all have both an interest in patient protection and also a radiation protection self-interest!

Management group members

We respond to policy and guidance consultations from governments and their agencies and communicate concerns about issues to those bodies from our members. We represent the BIR on various projects and committees where radiation protection is an issue (e.g. NRES, IEC, DH Working Group on EU Directive revision).

Helen _hughes 190x 160_jpgFree on-demand webinar on Guidance on using shielding on patients for diagnostic applications

This was recorded on 28 April 2020 

Helen Hughes, The Head of Quality & Governance for Radiology, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Radiation Safety Advice Sheets

Download five safety advice sheets produced by this SIG on radiation risks, PPE, keeping dose ALARP, Ionising radiation equipment and non-medical referrers.

The Diagnostic Radiological Equipment Installation and Replacement Guide is a special check list, invaluable for anyone installing new radiological equipment and has been developed and designed by the BIR Radiation Safety Special Interest Group. Download here or access via the BIR Sharing Platform.

BIR Safety Campaign

The BIR Safety Campaign communicates safety advice and recommendations and helps to spread the word about safety issues within our community to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff.


Latest SIG News - July 2020

It has been an unprecedented year of challenge and finding new ways of working and the SIG’s second meeting of the year on 11 June reflected this. The management group met via Vidoeconference and the whole group were able to ‘attend’ and contribute in a positive way. 

The BIR has moved quickly to adapt its Education programme and many events will now be in a virtual format.  In addition the Institute has produced a brilliant webinar series on COVID-19. These have all been free of charge and are available to view in our Online Learning Library.

We also have a dedicated COVID-19 resources page on our website. 

The BIR Annual Congress has also been adapted and will be a virtual event for the first time, taking place over three days 4 – 6 November 2020.  This SIG have contributed to the exciting programme which will will cover:

  • Leadership and wellbeing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Oncology
  • Patient protection

This event is free for BIR members, so don’t miss out! 

IRMER update 2020 – 25 September. The event has been adapted to a virtual format and aims to cover current practice and the direction flow of IRMER. You will hear about the new working parties established to provide guidance on the new regulations. Book before 25 August to get the early bird rates!


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