What is Radiation Protection Safety?

Regulation 17(4) of the Ionising Radiations Regulations, 1999 (IRR99), requires an employer undertaking work with ionising radiations to appoint one or more of his employees as Radiation Protection Supervisor. An RPS should supervise work, so that any work carried out follows the requirements of the regulations. The RPS should also take all reasonable steps to ensure that relevant local rules are observed

All appointed RPSs names must appear in the local rules giving the areas they will supervise. It is also good practice to confirm the appointment to the individuals in writing so that there is no confusion about the work expected of them. RPSs should also be provided with sufficient information about their role.

What is the role of an Radiation Protection Supervisor?

At the working level the RPS has direct responsibility to the employer for ensuring that:

  • The work with ionising radiations is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the IRR99, and the local rules are observed.
  • To achieve the above the RPS will be required to:
  • Liaise with both management and the RPA
  • Supervise the radiological protection aspects of the work, and
  • Recognise the need to seek further advice in certain situations.

RPS training at Lavender International covers the following:

  • Biological effects of radiation
  • Dose limits
  • Control / supervised areas
  • Risk assessment / role of RPA
  • Safe working distances
  • Half value layers
  • Stay times (Time, distance, shielding activity, transportation)
  •  IIR 1999 assessment
  • Calculation questions
  • Record keeping
  • RPS requirements
  • Local rules
  • Site situations
  • TLD
  • Passbook
  • Changing the isotope
  • Site situation

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

Candidates must have held a PCN BRS qualification for at least 9 months prior to sitting their RPS exam

The RPS examination includes just one specific paper.

The PCN requirements for RPS are: 24 hours training

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).

The RPS work experience requirements are: 9 months supervised work experience additional to Level 1 (12 months direct), to be obtained either before the examination, or within 24 months after passing the exam.

For employer based schemes the expected amount of work experience should be determined in the written practice.

RPS courses are taking place around the world with Lavender international.


UK office – Penistone On-site locations
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Safety Boots
Overalls/Lab Coat
Tape Measure
TLD/Film Badge (if available) Pass Book (if available)

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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