Radiation Protection Glossary

A radiation protection glossary for Radiation Protection Supervisors (RPS), Radiation Protection Advisers (RPA) and anyone else interesting in radiation safety terms and definitions. The glossary is a mixture of health physics , phrases related to radiation protection legislation, transport, practical safety, technical terms and similar.

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Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS)

The Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) is an statutory appointment required by the UK Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17). The RPS is responsible for ensuring that work with ionising radiations is in compliance with the safety systems and procedures described in the local rules made under IRR17. For a more detailed explanation you may wish to read this resource: What is a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS)?

Atoms are very special: they like certain particular partners, certain particular directions, and so on. It is the job of physics to analyze why each one wants what it wants.

– Richard P. Feynman -