Radiation: Employee Safety Standards
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has established standards to help protect you and other employees from radiation hazards.
Your Employer’s Responsibility
Your employer is required to:
- Apply these regulations to any work that involves sources of radiation.
- Post or otherwise make available to you a copy of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control regulations, licenses, and operating procedures that apply to your job, and they must explain these provisions to you.
Your Responsibility as a Worker
You should familiarize yourself with aspects of the S.C. DHEC regulations and operating procedures that apply to your job. You should follow the procedures for your own protection and the protection of your coworkers.
What is Covered by These Regulations
- Limits on employee exposure to radiation and radioactive material in restricted and unrestricted areas;
- Measures to be taken after accidental exposure;
- Personnel monitoring, surveys and equipment;
- Caution signs, labels, and safety interlock equipment;
- Exposure records and reports; and,
- Related matters.
In any establishment where employees are employed in activities licensed or registered (pursuant to Titles A, B, and C) by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, copies of this notice must be posted in a sufficient number of places to permit employees working in or frequenting any portion of a restricted area to observe a copy on the way to or from their place of employment.
Your Employer’s Duty to Report Radiation Exposure in Writing
- DHEC regulations require that your employer give you a written report if you receive an exposure in excess of any applicable limit as set forth in the regulations or in the license.
The basic radiation exposure limits for employees are set forth in the regulations or in the license. The basic limits for exposure to employees are set forth in Sections RHA 3.5 and RHB 3.2 and 3.3, RHC 2.2 and 2.3 of the regulations. These sections specify limits on exposure to radiation and exposure to concentrations of radioactive material in air and water.
- If you work where personnel monitoring is required, and if you request information on your radiation exposure:
- Your employer must give you a written report, upon termination of your employment, of your radiation exposures, and
- Your employer must advise you each year of your exposure to radiation.
All licensed or registered activities are subject to inspections by representatives of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
If you have questions or concerns about employee radiation safety, please feel free to contact us.
S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
Bureau of Radiological Health
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Notice to Employees (pdf)