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Radioactive Materials Branch
Inspection Guidance

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Irradiator Licensees

Included in this category of licensees are the blood-bank irradiators, other self-shielded irradiators in industry, research and academia and panoramic wet-storage irradiators.


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Inspection Frequency* (see notes below) Varies from 2 - 4 years, depending on the scope and extent of the licensed activities. 
Duration of the inspection 3 hours to 1 day depending on the scope and extent of licensed activities.
Scope of the Inspection Variable.  Scope is determined by taking into account the COMPLIANCE HISTORY as well as issues identified during the current inspection.  The scope and extent of the inspection will be discussed at the entrance meeting, but MAY CHANGE depending on findings during the course of the inspection.
Information that licensee needs to make available at the time of inspection

[Note:   The information presented here is NOT an all-inclusive list.  It is being presented here to give the licensee general guidance on records most frequently audited during an inspection]

Organizational chart, Annual Radiation Protection Program Reviews conducted since last inspection, radiation safety procedures, personnel dosimetry records (if applicable), leak tests, physical inventory of sources, records of receipt and disposal (source change-outs), surveys to demonstrate compliance with dose constraint regulations, copies of the Radioactive Materials License and all subsequent amendments, and other pertinent records which demonstrate compliance with the applicable sections of 10A NCAC 15.
Performance-based component Inspectors will observe and interview radiation workers.
Who needs to be available for entrance and exit meetings? Preferably, the highest ranking official needs to attend both the entrance and exit meetings.  The agency recognizes that this is not always possible, but the expectation is that an authorized representative of that individual be present at the meetings.

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*:  Inspection frequency may vary depending upon the licensee's COMPLIANCE HISTORY.  Repeat violations and violation involving health and safety issues may warrant an increased frequency of inspection.

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Self-shielded irradiator (medical or non-medical) Every four (4) years
Panoramic Irradiators < 10,000 Ci (includes converted teletherapy units) Every five (5) years
Panoramic Irradiators > 10,000 Ci (wet or dry storage) Every two (2) years

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Last Modified: 28 October 2016
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