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Title: Myths & Facts about Radiation Safety and AERB approvals


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Myths Facts about Radiation Safety and AERB
approvals
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  • Myth 1 Only Radiology technicians working
    regularly with X-Ray based machines need to wear
    TLD badges
  • Fact All Radiation Workers, whether
    technicians, doctors, nurses or any other staff
    who are in close contact with equipment like
    X-Ray, C-Arm, CT etc. and are exposed to
    radiation on a regular basis need to be
    monitoring their radiation exposure levels and
    hence wear TLD badges.

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  • Myth 2 A Radiation Worker working in multiple
    facilities should wear the same badge to all the
    places of work so as to assess their cumulative
    dose
  • Fact Every worker must have separate badges for
    each facility, because AERB holds the hospital or
    diagnostic facility responsible for managing the
    radiation exposure. Hence, they need to be able
    to identify not only the worker, but also the
    facility. At the time of applying for additional
    TLD badge, each applicant must mention their
    other facility badges reference also. This is the
    way AERB integrates all the badges of each
    individual and assesses the cumulative dose for
    each individual.

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  • Myth 3 Just wearing the new TLD badge issued by
    every quarter by AERB, protects me from radiation
    and measures the dose, no need to return old
    badge

Fact Once a Radiation worker receives the next
TLD badge from AERB, they MUST return the old
badge so that AERB can measure their radiation
exposure so far and take preventive actions if
the exposure is higher than prescribed levels.
Some people believe that since they have paid for
all the badges, they are entitled to keep all of
them. However, this defeats the very purpose of
radiation safety.
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  • Myth 4 Layout approval by AERB is the same as
    License
  • Fact Both the equipment as well as the room
    layout should independently meet AERB approval.
    It is possible that while layout and construction
    of the room where the radiation equipment would
    be housed, meets AERB norms, the equipment itself
    is not in the AERB approved list and Vise versa.

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  • Myth 5 Procurement license obtained from AERB,
    prior to purchase of equipment is the final
    license.
  • Fact
  • First step of the process involves getting
    approval for layout from AERB.
  • After that a procurement license must be
    obtained prior to purchase of equipment from AERB
    along with NOC if the same is to be imported.
  • Based on the procurement license the authorised
    manufacturer/supplier can supply and install
    the equipment on the hospital premises.
  • Once the equipment is installed, the manufacturer
    needs to upload the installation report as a
    third step in the process.
  • based on the installation report, the hospital
    needs to apply and obtain the actual AERB license
    for the equipment.

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  • Myth 6 There is no need to register online on
    eLORA, If you have hard copy of the layout
    approval/ license
  • Fact AERB earlier used to issue its approval in
    hard copy. However, one needs to register the
    institution and the specific equipment online
    now, even if they have approval in hard copy.

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  • Myth 7 Once I have paid for AERB registration
    services, I will get the AERB approval/ license
    in due course of time.
  • Fact AERB does not charge any money for
    approvals or granting licenses. A hospital can
    themselves register on eLORA and add their
    equipment along with required documents. However,
    very often hospitals think it is a simple easily
    manageable form and go for the lowest cost
    service agencies, which disappear after
    collecting the initial fee, without completing
    required processes.

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