British Institute of Radiology advice on Personal Protective Equipment

On the 26th of September,the British Institute of Radiology (BIR) produced posters, videos, and a book advising on personal protective equipment.

The guidance gives practical advice on how staff should select, wear, and store their protective equipment. It also gives clear advice on how to comply with regulations and prepare a risk assessment.

It is crucial that head and eye equipment and protective aprons are worn and fitted correctly to protect the body against dangerous radiation levels, the BIR said. If stored incorrectly, the equipment can become damaged and that immediately reduces its effectiveness.

The book, Personal Protective Equipment for Diagnostic X-ray Use, is a practical guide to using and caring for equipment and is written by Peter Hiles, Helen Hughes, Denise Arthur, and Colin Martin with support from the BIR Radiation Safety Special Interest Group. In addition, in conjunction with the book are two A2-sized posters and three videos.

The posters and the books can be purchased here: https://birorgukportal.force.com/BookList

The book and posters are available to purchase from the BIR website, with a special discount for BIR members, and the videos can be viewed for free on the protective equipment resources page.