Many service providers provide important support services to the radiation sector. In some cases those service providers are involved in the use of ionising radiation and must therefore obtain a licence. In other cases the services provided do not require providers to obtain a licence. In this section you will learn the requirements for service providers.
Installing and servicing radiation equipment
Owners and users of ionising radiation must ensure that equipment is properly installed and regularly serviced by appropriately qualified personnel. This obligation is outlined in the relevant code of safe practice issued by the Office of Radiation Safety.
The installation and servicing of equipment involves the use of that equipment. This means that installation and servicing engineers must obtain a user licence.
Calibrating radiation measuring equipment
Equipment that is used to measure radiation must be calibrated regularly to ensure it is accurate.
Equipment that is likely to need calibration includes:
- diagnostic x-ray dosemeters
- non-invasive kVp meters
- radiation survey meters
- radiotherapy dosemeters.
Codes of practice will require persons or organisations that manage or control radiation sources to ensure that equipment used to measure radiation remains accurate and is calibrated at specified frequencies.
Personal dosimetry services
Personal dosimetry services measure the occupational radiation dose absorbed by people who are exposed to ionising radiation in the course of their work. Codes of practice specify those occupationally exposed persons who must be monitored and require owners to only use services that return dosimetry results in a timely manner and are otherwise approved by the Director.
The following service providers have been approved by the Director (listed in alphabetical order):
- Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR), Christchurch Science Centre: 27 Creyke Road, Ilam, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Global Medical Solutions (GMS), 6/517 Mt Wellington HWY, Auckland 1060, New Zealand. Email: email@example.com
- OBEX, 303 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland New Zealand. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Radiation Protection Services Limited (RADPRO), PO Box 79128, Avonhead, Christchurch 8446, Email: email@example.com
The above approved service providers comply with the Radiation Safety Act 2016 and its subordinate instruments (eg, codes of practice) when providing dosimetry services. The service providers return results within 20 working days of receiving all necessary raw information and maintain ISO17025 certification.
Personal dosimetry services measure the occupational radiation dose absorbed by people who are exposed to ionising radiation in the course of their work.
Codes of practice specify those occupationally exposed persons who must be monitored and require owners to only use services that return dosimetry results in a timely manner and are otherwise approved by the Director.