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

12VAC5-481-870. Exceptions to posting requirements.

A. Licensees are not required to post caution signs in areas or rooms containing radioactive materials for periods of less than eight hours, if the following conditions are met:

1. The materials are constantly attended during these periods by an individual who takes the precautions necessary to prevent the exposure of individuals to radiation or radioactive materials in excess of the limits established in this part; and

2. The area or room is subject to the licensee's control.

B. Rooms or other areas in hospitals that are occupied by patients are not required to be posted with caution signs pursuant to 12VAC5-481-860, provided that the patient could be released from licensee control pursuant to 12VAC5-481-1870.

C. A room or area is not required to be posted with a caution sign because of the presence of a sealed source, provided that the radiation level at 30 centimeters from the surface of the sealed source container or housing does not exceed 5 millirem (0.05 mSv) per hour.

D. Rooms in hospitals or clinics that are used for teletherapy are exempt from the requirement to post caution signs under 12VAC5-481-860 if

1. Access to the room is controlled pursuant to 12VAC5-481-2043; and

2. Personnel in attendance take necessary precautions to prevent the inadvertent exposure of workers, other patients, and members of the public to radiation in excess of the limits established in this part.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register 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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