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Certificate of radiometric surveillance: what it is and how to obtain it

The Certification of Radiometric Surveillance is a process underlying the monitoring and detection procedures of ionizing radiation in various industrial and environmental contexts.

Because measuring and controlling radioactivity levels is certainly important, but no less than doing so in compliance with regulations, within models and legal references that require specific documentation.

What is the Radiometric Surveillance Certificate

The Radiometric Surveillance Certificate is an official document that certifies the monitoring and evaluation of radioactivity levels in certain materials, sites or equipment, with the aim of demonstrating that company operations comply with the radiological safety requirements established by current regulations.

Radiometric surveillance is applied in various sectors, including metal recycling, industrial waste management and the construction industry, where the presence of radioactive materials is possible. The certification is issued following a rigorous control process, which includes the measurement of radiation levels using specialized instruments such as Geiger counters, scintillation detectors or gamma spectrometers.

We are therefore talking about a crucial element in terms of worker and public safety, which demonstrates a company’s commitment to safe and responsible practices in the use and management of potentially radioactive materials.

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Who needs to obtain the certification?

Obtaining the Certificate is required for all individuals operating in sectors in which exposure to radioactive materials is possible.

Below are some examples:

  • Companies active in recycling and waste disposal. Companies that manage scrap metal recycling, collection and treatment of industrial waste must obtain certification to ensure that the materials processed do not exceed permitted levels of radioactivity.
  • Construction companies. Companies that use potentially contaminated building materials need this certification to ensure that buildings and infrastructure are safe for occupants.
  • Radiological device operators. Clinics, hospitals, and laboratories that use radiological equipment for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes must obtain certification.
  • Logistics and transport sector. Companies that move radioactive materials, such as isotopes for medical or industrial use, must ensure that all transport operations are safe and compliant with regulations.

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Requirements for obtaining the certification

To obtain the Radiometric Surveillance Certificate, companies must satisfy a series of specific requirements established by current regulations.

This includes the radiometric surveillance plan, which describes the monitoring procedures and protocols. Additionally, initial radiological risk assessment reports and periodic measurement records, which document regular radiometric readings, are required.

In many companies, the maintenance of calibration certificates for monitoring instruments is also required.

Finally, documentation of staff training is required, proving that operators have received adequate training on the management of radiation protection and the use of monitoring tools.

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Benefits and advantages

As you can imagine, obtaining the Radiometric Surveillance Certificate requires significant bureaucratic work, but at the same time offers numerous benefits.

Ensures compliance with safety regulations, reducing the risk of sanctions and improving company reputation.

It ensures a safe working environment, protecting the health of workers and the public from exposure to ionizing radiation, facilitates the monitoring and continuous management of radiological sources, contributing to more efficient and safe operational management.

Lastly, the certification significantly improves the company’s reputation, demonstrating the company’s commitment to safety and social responsibility and increasing the trust of customers and business partners.

On the contrary, failure to obtain a radiometric surveillance certification exposes the company to legal and administrative sanctions for non-compliance with regulations. In extreme cases, it could lead to the suspension of business operations until regulatory compliance is achieved, resulting in significant economic losses.

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