Radiation protection practitioners give advice and guidance about the possible hazards of ionising radiation, such as x-rays, as well as radioactive materials and waste. Some practitioners also advise on non-ionising radiation, e.g. radar, mobile phone masts, lasers and ultraviolet light.
Practitioners use scientific techniques and equipment to measure and monitor radiation, assess risks and ensure the safety of the workplace, the general public and the environment.
Radiation protection covers both the nuclear and non-nuclear industries. Non-nuclear industries include areas such as industry (radiography), medicine (diagnosis and treatment), research and teaching.
Employers are legally required to comply with health and safety regulations on radiation and may appoint a radiation protection practitioner to advise them of any legal requirements. Practitioners also advise employers on radiation protection, design of facilities and projects, and safety training.
Radiation protection practitioners may be known under a range of different job titles, such as health physicist, depending on the industry in which they work and the nature of their role. Many practitioners work towards becoming radiation protection advisers (RPAs) or radioactive waste advisers (RWAs) or both.
Radiation protection practitioners can work in a wide range of areas, including medicine and veterinary work, the nuclear industry, research, teaching, non-destructive testing, waste management and environmental protection