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!

Our membership reflects this with an almost equal complement of medical, radiographic and scientific 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).

We represent our sister organisation, The Royal College of Radiologists on matters of radiation protection and sit on relevant committees of the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine and the Society for Radiological Protection.

We are responsive to members' needs and are active in providing educational events and written guidance on matters of radiation protection. We are a very active SIG, always on the lookout for new members, of whatever profession, with an interest in radiation protection.  


Latest SIG News 

Update from September 2018 meeting 

The BIR Radiation Safety SIG Management Group met on the 4 September. On the agenda were a possible Radiation Safety Week, in the style of the recent, highly successful, MR Safety Week. We will also shortly be launching our second BIR/GE Radiation Safety Travel Award, the winner of which will receive £1000 to present innovative work in radiation safety at a relevant scientific conference of their choice.

Our Practical Guide to PPE is reviewed in RadMag this month, and we are progressing with other projects, including guidance on lead shielding for patients, and a resource for planning a new radiation facility.

In the afternoon, we were joined by our Expert Panel, including representatives from PHE, the CQC, IPEM and the RCR. Particular areas of discussion included patient information leaflets, referral criteria and areas of joint working.

Our IRMER Update that took place on 5 September was highly successful.


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

 Management group members

 RP MG Members

Some of the RP SIG Management Group - from left to right Peter Hiles (Chair), Mark Bowers, Lucy Hossen, Liz Benson and Katharine Thomson 


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