BIR Radiation Safety

Radiation Protection 2

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!

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).


 Management group members


BIR Radiation Safety Week 25 February  - 1  March 2019

Radiation Safety Week 2019 image

Radiation Safety Advice Sheets

Here are some handy safety advice sheets to help teams with practical guidance on key areas within radiation safety. They will be issued each day during w/c Monday 25 February and will be available to download here. These have been developed by members of the Radiation Safety SIG, including physicists, radiologists, radiographers and corporate partners.

 Day 1 Radiation Risks                 Day 2 PPE              Day 3 Keeping DOSE ALARPP

Day 1: Radiation risks             Day 2: PPE               Day 3: Keeping DOSE ALARP


Day 4 Ionising Equipment                            Day 5 Non-medical referrers

Day 4: Ionising Equipment               Day 5: Non-Medical Referrers


Latest SIG News 

Update from March 2019 meeting 

The group had their first meeting of 2019 on 14 March. The main items discussed were:

  • Resource Sharing Platform– this is a newmembershipbenefit  which will give access to various resources, including guidance documents, policy documents and templates. The resource will be launched in the next few months, so watch out for more about this.
  • Online video project– the BIR are developing a series of online video resources which they plan to launch in early 2020. A series of topics will be covered, starting off with radiation safety. Watch out for more information.
    • Guidance on applying shielding to patients (on schedule to be finalised by end of 2019)
    • Practical guide to diagnostic radiological equipment installation and replacement (in progress)

Education and Events

  • Annual Congress 2019 -Taking place on 7/8 November at the Etc venues, County Hall, London. Early Bird registration is available until 31 August. The stream of interest to RS SIG is Stream C on the first day, where Peter Hiles will be speaking on dose management.
  • Optimisation in Clinical Imaging (IRMER Update 2019) 270919

Taking place at RSM in London – book your place now!

  • Incident reporting for radiology –plan to run an event in 2020



Position paper on Training and governance requirements for Non-Medical Referrers January 2019

BIR position statement on the selection and purchase of lead aprons October 2017




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