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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas Radiation Safety

Title:

Personnel Monitoring

Procedure No. 3 Date: May 29, 1996 Revised: August 23, 2004 Page 1 and 2 apply

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Purpose
This procedure discusses the personnel monitoring program which is composed of both external and internal monitoring. The criteria for monitoring individuals for external and/or internal exposures are explained in this procedure. This program follows the requirements of 25 TAC 289.202(f)-(m), 25 TAC 289.231(m)-(r), or equivalent.

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Procedure for External Monitoring


The criteria for the use of personnel dosimetry for monitoring external radiation exposure is outlined below. A historical review of the radiation exposure for a position with similar conditions may be used to determine the likelihood of radiation exposure levels. If an individual meets any of the following criteria, they will be required to be monitored for external radiation exposure. 1. Any adult likely to receive in one year more than 10% of any annual radiation exposure limits; a. > 500 mrem deep dose equivalent, b. > 1500 mrem eye dose equivalent or c. > 5000 mrem shallow dose equiv. to the skin or to any extremity; or Any individual who handles x-ray equipment in Clinical Radiotherapy, Radiation Physics, Diagnostic Radiology, Cardiology, Surgery; or Any individual who handles radioisotopes in Clinical Radiotherapy, Nuclear Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, Environmental Health & Safety; or Any individual who handles for research purposes more than: a. 250 mCi of P-32 per year (extremity monitoring), b. 100 mCi of I-125 per year (extremity monitoring) or c. 80 mCi of Gamma emitting radioisotopes ** (other than I-125) per year (whole body monitoring); or ** Cs-137 irradiator users do not require personnel monitoring since shielding maintains radiation fields at less than 2 mR/h at all times. 5. 6. Any individual who enters a High Radiation Area (>100 mR/h @ 30 cm from source); or Any "declared pregnant" individual likely to receive more than 50 mrem deep dose equivalent for the duration of the pregnancy; or Any individual less than 18 years of age likely to receive in a year more than a. 50 mrem deep dose equivalent, b. 150 mrem eye dose equivalent or c. 500 mrem shallow dose equivalent to the skin or to any extremity.

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The appropriate type of personnel dosimeter (radiation badge, ring badge, TLD dosimeter, etc.) will be provided by Radiation Safety to individuals who meet the above criteria.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas Radiation Safety

Title:

Personnel Monitoring

Procedure No. 3 Date: May 29, 1996 Revised: August 23, 2004 Page 2 and 2 apply

Additional individuals will be badged in an annual quality assurance program. Individuals will be chosen each year to participate in the program based on the activity and isotopes used in the laboratory. The annual QA program is used to review the adequacy of the personnel monitoring program and to ensure that external exposures are below the specified limits.