Regulations, Policies, and Standards

Tis category covers  radiation regulations, policies, standards, and guidelines published by the U.S. NRC, U.S. EPA, NCRP, ICRP, and other national and international organizations.

FAQs Developed by the HPS

The following FAQ has been developed by our topic editors for this category:

  HPS FAQ   Regulatory Dose Limits

Questions Answered by HPS Experts

The following health physics questions have been answered by an expert and approved by our editors for inclusion in our "Ask the Experts" feature. Click on the question to see the answer.

Questions in this Category Are in the Following Subcategories:
  •  ALARA
  •  Guidance Documents
  •  Regulations and Guidelines
  •  Radiation Safety Issues
  •  U.S. Regulations
  •  Security Requirements for Radioactive Sources
  •  Miscellaneous
Q8375   –   Establishment of ALARA
Q8603   –   ALARA Q&A in a cardiac catheterization laboratory
Guidance Documents
Q7289   –   Calibration laboratories
Regulations and Guidelines
Q8900   –   Technical basis for ICRP 1 mSv and 20 mSv dose limits
Q8933   –   Gy, Sv, and RadEq distinctions
Q8943   –   Differences in weighting factors
Q9532   –   Radioactive sources in oil rig industry
Q9694   –   Effects of low levels of radiation, the LNT model, and the HPS Position Statement
Q9893   –   Use of the radiation units
Q9895   –   Occupancy factors and public dose estimates
Q10019   –   Webster's weighting factor and use of dosimetry outside lead aprons
Q10039   –   Manufacturer questions regarding small medical source regulations and approvals for use
Q10542   –   Licensing and RSO training for PET/SPECT in animal research
Q11941   –   Application of ANSI/HPS N13.12 to release surveys
Q14692   –   Why are ICRP dose limits for workers and members of the public so different?
Radiation Safety Issues
Q8093   –   Radiation use on humans prohibited for training
Q8775   –   Holding animals during x-ray (veterinary) procedures
Q11644   –   Can a family member be in an interventional radiology suite?
U.S. Regulations
Q8268   –   Standard tissue depths for dose quantities
Q9547   –   Regulations for badging employees in a dental practice
Q11107   –   Transportation Index
Q11758   –   When should workers be given instructions regarding working in the vicinity of radiation sources?
Security Requirements for Radioactive Sources
Q7954   –   Q&As to fingerprinting and background checks for unescorted access to radioactive materials
Q10107   –   Technical basis for occupational limits
Q12438   –   DOT labeling for check source shipments
Q13702   –   Dose from personal medical procedures is not included in worker dose limits

Other Useful Websites

The following websites may also be useful:

  External website   Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors Website
  External website   Guidelines/Recommendations – International Commission on Radiological protection
  External website   Guidelines/Recommendations – National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
  External website   Guidelines/Recommendations – Public Health England
  External website   International Policy – International Atomic Energy Agency
  External website   Radiation Protection – US Environmental Protection Agency
  External website   Standards Store Website
  External website   US Department of Energy Website
  External website   US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Website