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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 481. Virginia Radiation Protection Regulations
7/5/2020

12VAC5-481-2680. Specific Licenses for Irradiators.

A. The agency will approve an application for a specific license for the use of licensed material in an irradiator if the applicant meets the requirements contained in subsection B of this section and includes the information, as appropriate, from subsections C through I of this section.

B. The applicant shall satisfy the general requirements specified in 12VAC5-481-450 and the requirements contained in this part.

C. The application shall describe the training provided to the irradiator operators including:

1. Classroom training;

2. On-the-job training or simulator training;

3. Safety reviews;

4. Means employed by the applicant to test each operator's understanding of the agency regulations and licensing requirements and the irradiator operating and emergency procedures; and

5. Minimum training and experience of personnel who may provide training.

D. The application shall include the outline of the written operating and emergency procedures listed in the 12VAC5-481-2840 that describes the radiation safety aspects of the procedures.

E. The application shall describe the organizational structure for managing the irradiator, specifically the radiation safety responsibilities and authorities of the radiation safety officer and those management personnel who have important radiation safety responsibilities or authorities. In particular, the application shall specify who, within the management structure, has the authority to stop unsafe operations. The application shall also describe the training and experience required for the position of radiation safety officer.

F. The application shall include a description of the access control systems required by 12VAC5-481-2730, the radiation monitors required by 12VAC5-481-2760, the method of detecting leaking sources required by 12VAC5-481-2870 including the sensitivity of the method, and a diagram of the facility that shows the locations of all required interlocks and radiation monitors.

G. If the applicant intends to perform leak testing of dry-source-storage sealed sources, the applicant shall establish procedures for leak testing and submit a description of these procedures to the agency. The description shall include:

1. Instruments to be used;

2. Methods of performing the analysis; and

3. Pertinent experience of the individual who analyzes the samples.

H. If licensee personnel are to load or unload sources, the applicant shall describe the qualifications and training of the personnel and the procedures to be used. If the applicant intends to contract for source loading or unloading at its facility, the loading or unloading shall be done by an organization specifically licensed by the agency, NRC, or another agreement state to load or unload irradiator sources.

I. The applicant shall describe the inspection and maintenance checks, including the frequency of the checks required by 12VAC5-481-2880.

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 24, Issue 18, eff. June 12, 2008; Volume 32, Issue 24, eff. August 25, 2016.

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