What is Basic Radiation Safety?

Basic Radiation Safety is a qualification that demonstrates that the person holding the qualification has been adequately trained in the hazards associated with ionising radiations, in the precautions to be taken when employing ionising radiation, and in the methods of protection. BRS covers awareness of the content of any special requirements for permanent facility or site operations and the importance of complying with these requirements. It also covers possible accident or emergency situations that can occur and the actions to be taken in the event that they do.Basic Radiation Safety class

What are the responsibilities of a individual who is certified to BRS?

BRS certification should be held by any person who is practising industrial radiography and is at one of two levels of competence in radiation safety, which the PCN Scheme recognises. PCN radiography certificates are valid only so long as the holder holds any other level of PCN radiation protection certification, or valid radiation safety certification recognised by The British Institute of NDT. For initial radiography candidates, the basic radiation safety examination may be taken at the same time as the radiography examination.


Basic Radiation Safety training at Lavender International covers the following:

Safety Theory 

  • Basic concepts
  • Equipment
  • Radiation units and dose limitation
  • Quantities and units
  • A brief summary of legislation
  • Dose limitation
  • Biological effects
  • Principles of protection from external radiation
  • Shielding calculations
  • Personal dosimetery
  • Radiation monitoring
  • Specific requirements of regulations
  • Accidents and hazards in perspective
  • Emergency procedures

We provide examinations for BRS, including PCN personal certification examinations, plus examinations for employer based schemes such as SNT-TC-1A.

The BRS examination includes just one specific paper.

The PCN requirements for BRS are: 16 hours training

Once the 16 hours training have been obtained, the examination passed PCN will issue certification.

Please Note: PCN require that an exam levy is paid at an appropriate rate

To be eligible for the PCN examination, an eye test must be passed (near vision and colour).

No work experience is required for BRS.

BRS courses are taking place at Lavender International.


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Candidates MUST bring their PCN Wallet Card.
If you do not have a wallet card bring some other form of identification showing a photograph, i.e. Passport or Photo Driving Licence.

All other equipment and training materials (with the exception of Level 3 Text Books) are provided by Lavender International.
Protective gloves, protective eye glasses and plastic aprons are also available for the use of students.

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