Use of Non-Ionising Radiation sources
Non-ionising radiation sources are low-frequency fields, radio frequencies, microwave and non-coherent and coherent optical radiation.
WHAT TO DO when you intend to buy a new non-ionising radiation source
You must notify the Health and Safety Services Unit (PREP), attaching the technical data sheet of the equipment and stating the name of the laboratory where the equipment will be used. The Health and Safety Services Unit will assess the risk and, where applicable:
- take steps to contain the source within suitable shielding;
- define a “restricted access area” and mark this with appropriate safety signs;
- instruct users on suitable personal protective equipment to be used.
If you intend to purchase laser equipment, you must also provide the Health and Safety Services Unit with information about the risk category of the laser, the technical data sheet/project document of the model or custom-built system and the name of the laboratory where it will be installed. The Health and Safety Services Unit will conduct a preliminary assessment and, if necessary, notify the Laser Safety Adviser of the need to carry out a joint inspection and define the necessary preventive and protective measures.