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02 Sep 2015

Sieverts – Annual Radiation Safety Training

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Annual Radiation Safety Training for Your Radiation Practice

 

ATTENTION ALL RADIATION STAFF!

ARE YOU PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED IN RADIATION PROTECTION IN YOUR WORK PLACE?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS A TYPICAL STAFF OR PATIENT DOSE FROM X-RAY?
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THOSE ‘INTERESTING’ QUESTIONS FROM YOUR PATIENT?

 

Dear Radiation Staff,

Did you know that it is a requirement under your approved Radiation Safety and Protection Plan to provide professional radiation safety training to all radiation staff?

Are your staff equipped with the proper understanding of radiation protection in your practice?

How do you ensure that your lead apron is providing adequate protection to your patient?

What about those ‘interesting’ questions from patients (even staff) regarding radiation and how do you response adequately?

Sieverts Radiation Consultancy is able to provide professional radiation safety and protection training for your radiation practice. In just under an hour session with questions and answers forum, you will learn:

1. Types of radiation around us
2. Biological impact and effects of radiation
3. Typical staff and patient dose
4. Management of Pregnant Staff
5. Practical Radiation Protection
6. Dealing with patient questions on the spot (know what and what not to say)
7. Standards, legislation and dose limits that applies to you.

Once completed, you and your staff will be equipped with practical understanding and application to radiation safety in your practice. Impress your patients and show them you care by taking this opportunity to be trained and equipped.

Do contact me for your first radiation safety in-service!

Regards,

William Tan
Consultant Medical Physics

 

SIEVERTS AND HIGH PERFORMANCE GROUP PRESENTS

DENTAL INDUSTRY WORKSHOP

 

The current economy has changed significantly and it is effecting every industry including Dental.

Because we work very closely with this industry we have noticed the changes and have decided to put together a workshop with leading industry professionals to assist you in gaining some cutting edge tools to help you thrive in the current market conditions.

This event will be held at the riverside centre in New Farm. More information regarding the dates and timing will be sent to you very soon. This is a free of charge event.

For more details visit www.hpgint.com

 

 

ALLIANCE DINNER

 

This dinner is by invitation only and is designed to put together Professionals and Entrepreneurs from Queensland with the idea that we believe it would be of benefit for you to meet other like minded people.

The dinner will be held at Mado Turkish Resturant in Southbank. Date and time will be announced soon.

If you are interested in attending this dinner please contact Deana Durisic on 0415 556 550 to discuss further.

 

02 Sep 2015

Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Service for Radiation Practices

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The main functional role of a RSO is:

  • monitor radiation safety
  • report to the possession licensee about radiation safety
  • maintain awareness of the radiation safety legislation and keep abreast of the trends in radiation safety.

On-going RSO duties:

  • provide, or arrange for, training about radiation hazards and safe working practices
  • monitor the radiation safety status of the X-ray equipment and premises to identify whether the relevant radiation safety standards are being complied with (for example, compliance may be affected by damage to, or modification of, the X-ray equipment or premises)
  • maintain records of all X-ray equipment and the locations at which it is installed
  • identify ways of minimizing radiation doses
  • advise staff on safe working practices
  • investigate radiation incidents.

Additionally, the RSO must report to the possession licensee:

  • any radiation incidents
  • any contravention of this plan or relevant Radiation Safety Standard
  • any action that needs to be taken to achieve compliance with this plan or relevant.

Annual RSO duties: 

Each year, the RSO must check and record the results of the following items in an appropriate log book, and ensure that any identified problems are rectified as soon as possible:

  • Users and all other employees understand, and are complying with the Radiation Safety and Protection Plan (RSPP)
  • The Possession Licence is current and appropriate
  • The details of each X-ray unit (including its current location) are accurately recorded and match the current inventory attached to the Possession Licence
  • All users of the X-ray equipment hold Use Licences which are current and appropriate
  • All users of X-ray equipment are authorized by the possession licensee to use the X-ray equipment
  • All maintenance and operational checks, as required by this plan, are conducted within the stated time frames and recorded, and any relevant problems have been appropriately rectified
  • All repairs to the X-ray equipment processors are recorded
  • Personal protective equipment, as required by this plan, is readily available
  • Film processing solutions are suitable for the type of film in use (if applicable)
  • Compliance certificates for the X-ray equipment and premises have been obtained/renewed within the necessary time frames (three and five years respectively)
  • The effectiveness of and extent of compliance with the RSPP

Additionally, the RSO must provide an annual written report to the possession licensee. This report is to include the following:

  • The results of the annual checks stipulated in the RSPP
  • Any contravention of this plan or relevant Radiation Safety Standard
  • The results of a review of the plan to ensure its continued effectiveness against actual clinical practice
  • Recommendations about any necessary changes to the plan.

Sieverts Radiation Consultancy is able to assist all the above to ensure highest radiation safety hygiene for your practice and meeting all legal requirements under the Qld Radiation Safety Act 1999.

 

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WOMEN IN DENTISTRY - 19TH JUNE

 

Event dedicated to Women in Dental Industry. Come along and enjoy Spanish tapas platters which include a delicious selection of traditional Spanish tapas, tea, coffee and wine. There will be an introductory salsa dancing class with beautiful salsa teacher Chloe Loh, as well as Spanish music and some great Inspirational speakers!
To reserve your spot for this wonderful event, please visit our website or click the link above, fill in the form below and let us know how many ladies you will be bringing along.

This is a free event!
http://www.hpgint.com

 

ALLIANCE DINNER

 

This dinner is by invitation only and is designed to put together Professionals and Entrepreneurs from Queensland with the idea that we believe it would be of benefit for you to meet other like minded people.The dinner will be held at Mado Turkish Resturant in Southbank. Date and time will be announced soon.If you are interested in attending this dinner please contact Deana Durisic on 0415 556 550 to discuss further.

 

02 Sep 2015

Low dose machine requires less shielding?

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New x-ray machines in the market are now optimized to give better image quality with lower doses to patients. A common statement is that low dose would require less or no shielding to the practice.

This is a misunderstanding.

Shielding of a room is to protect those who work around the practice and not the patients. There is dose limits applied to those working in the practice.

Shielding requirements are based on the following factors:

  • Radiation output – different machines have different radiation output for a typical clinical setting.
  • Workload of the practice (per time interval) – this is the number of exposures made per week.
  • Distance to point of interest.
  • Occupancy of point of interest – different areas have different occupancy values from reception, hall ways, waiting room, surgery, toilets etc…
  •  Dose limits applied – legislated dose limits for users and public.

Therefore shielding of a wall (barrier) are calculated based on all the above factors.If you have a low dose machine per exposure, while making higher numbers of exposures per week, to a highly occupied area, then the shielding will be higher.

 

SIEVERTS AND HIGH PERFORMANCE GROUP PRESENTS

DENTAL INDUSTRY WORKSHOP

 

The current economy has changed significantly and it is effecting every industry including Dental.Because we work very closely with this industry we have noticed the changes and have decided to put together a workshop with leading industry professionals to assist you in gaining some cutting edge tools to help you thrive in the current market conditions.This event will be held at the riverside centre in New Farm. More information regarding the dates and timing will be sent to you very soon. This is a free of charge event.

For more details visit www.hpgint.com

 

 

ALLIANCE DINNER

 

This dinner is by invitation only and is designed to put together Professionals and Entrepreneurs from Queensland with the idea that we believe it would be of benefit for you to meet other like minded people.The dinner will be held at Mado Turkish Resturant in Southbank. Date and time will be announced soon.If you are interested in attending this dinner please contact Deana Durisic on 0415 556 550 to discuss further.

 

02 Sep 2015

Sieverts does more than compliance testing

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Did you know that Sieverts does much more than just compliance testing of machines and rooms?

Here is one of the value added service for you:

Patient, staff and enviromental dose assessment.

·  Do you have staff or patient concerns and questions on dose received for their treatment?

·  Do you have staff that declared pregnancy and is concerned about working in a radiation environment?

 

Sieverts is able to measure and interpret the results of radiation exposure your practice.
We will then be able to advice you what needs to be done to minimize dose while
optimizing your clinical service delivery. This will create a safe working environment for all your staff and clients, and addressing their concerns.

 

We pride ourselves in being different to others in the following manner:

 

  • We look out for you.

We will take the effort to look at your overall radiation profile and will let you know if you need to pay attention to certain things in order to better manage the accreditation process. As how a single part may have an impact in a wider scope of compliance, we have worked with many clinics and have the qualifications and experience to look out for the intricacies that a machine may have in the room or even the positioning of the furniture in the room.

  • We update ourselves, so you don’t have to.

Various state compliance laws keep changing and we have the connections in the industry to keep up to date with the upcoming changes.  We will inform you if such changes affect you directly and even propose what you may need to look at ahead of time, instead of when the compliance accreditation is now due.

  • We take care of everything.

Sieverts does everything from laser to x-ray machines and to room compliance. We work with you to comply with local state regulations so that you can focus on your business and your patients. We all know the hassle you need to go through to manage multiple parties just to achieve accreditation.  Along with the uncertainty if all parties have actually covered gaps which may not be in their immediate areas of responsibility. That is why we have acquired the right expertise to cater to most if not all compliance issues related to radiation safety, so that you don’t need to worry on whether you have missed out on anything.

Further to that:
  • We will let you know when your equipment is due for certification.
  • We will work with your practice manager to set a convenient time when we can come in to certify the equipment with minimal impact to your business operations.
  • We will inspect, measure and assess your equipment.
  • We will then bring all our computations and observation back to our head office and go through the certification process based on local state requirements at that time and inform you of the outcome of that accordingly.

All this done with minimal coordination from you and with minimal disruption to your operations.

How’s that for peace of mind?

Contact us anytime.

Interested in what needs to be done to ensure you meet all radiation legislative requirements in each Australian State? Check our website and click on the links below to download PDF format checklist for dental, laser, imaging, radiology, vet etc.

Click to download.

 

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