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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 481. Virginia Radiation Protection Regulations
10/21/2020

12VAC5-481-2110. Area Requirements.

A. Radiation Levels. The local components of an analytical x-ray system shall be located and arranged and shall include sufficient shielding or access control such that no radiation levels exist in any area surrounding the local component group that could result in a dose to an individual present therein in excess of the dose limits given in 12VAC5-481-640. For systems utilizing x-ray tubes, these levels shall be met at any specified tube rating.

B. Surveys.

1. Radiation surveys, as required by 12VAC5-481-750, of all analytical x-ray systems sufficient to show compliance with 12VAC5-481-2440 A shall be performed:

a. Upon installation of the equipment, and at least once every five years thereafter by or under the supervision of a private or state inspector who is physically present at the facility during the inspection in order to assure compliance with this chapter;

b. Following any change in the initial arrangement, number, or type of local components in the system;

c. Following any maintenance requiring the disassembly or removal of a local component in the system;

d. During the performance of maintenance and alignment procedures if the procedures require the presence of a primary x-ray beam when any local component in the system is disassembled or removed;

e. Any time a visual inspection of the local components in the system reveals an abnormal condition; and

f. Whenever personnel monitoring devices show a significant increase over the previous monitoring period or the readings are approaching the limits specified in 12VAC5-481-630.

2. Radiation survey measurements shall not be required if a registrant (or licensee) can demonstrate compliance with subsection A of this section to the satisfaction of the agency.

C. Posting. Each area or room containing analytical x-ray equipment shall be conspicuously posted with a sign or signs bearing the radiation symbol and the words "CAUTION—X-RAY EQUIPMENT" or words having a similar intent in accordance with 12VAC5-481-660.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 22, Issue 25, eff. September 20, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 31, Issue 24, eff. August 27, 2015.

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