The University of Windsor utilizes X-Rays within both our research and teaching laboratories. X-Ray sources can be detrimental to human health when used improperly. However, when used properly and in accordance with internal and external rules and regulations, the risk to the University Community can be reduced.
X-Ray User Requirements
- Complete the X-Ray Safety Training and any relevant health and safety training. (Link) The X-Ray Safety training is available at the link provided below,
- Become a Registered X-Ray User: Meet with the CCC to determine whether you require dosimetry or not. Fill out the X-Ray User Registration Form (.docx) and setup a meeting with the CCC: email@example.com
- Become an Authorized X-Ray User: Receive specific training for the X-Ray Device you will be using and sign off that you received training.
Faculty Members Responsible for an X-Ray Device
- All x-ray devices (medical and Non-medical) in Canada must be certified for use in Canada by Health Canada. Make sure to inquire with the vendor before purchasing/transferring X-Ray Devices for import.
- All locations where an x-ray device is used must be approved by the Ministry of Labour prior to purchase, installation, and use of the X-ray device. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process.
- All X-ray devices used for research and teaching on campus must be approved by the Research Safety Committee. Send a completed X-Ray Safety Permit Application Form (.pdf) to email@example.com to begin the process.
- To ensure the X-Ray device is functioning properly, it must be inspected/surveyed by the X-Ray Safety Officer at least once per year and everytime it is moved or serviced. Contact the firstname.lastname@example.org if you suspect any issues with your X-ray device.
- All X-Ray Users under your authority must complete all X-Ray User requirements and be trained on the X-Ray Device by you or your Designate.
All sources of X-Rays that are not regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission are regulated by the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Labour. This includes most analytical and diagnostic X-Rays. General Analytical X-Ray safety standards can be found in Health Canada's Safety Code 32: Safety Requirements and Guidance for Analytical X-Ray Equipment and the Addendum to Safety Code 32: Portable, hand-held, x-ray tube based open-beam XRF devices.
The University of Windsor has mandated the University of Windsor's Research Safety Committee to develop an X-Ray Safety Program that ensures compliance and facilitates research activity. The X-Ray Safety Program has been developed to meet the needs of both the regulatory bodies and the users.
Each X-Ray Emitting Device (XED) must be registered with the Ministry of Labour prior to its use, and this registration must be amended should the unit be moved or disposed of. In addition, a training requirement must be met before the XED is used. This web page has been developed to assist in meeting this requirement and facilitating the development of a safe work environment.