Radiation Protection Supervisor 

RPSRadiation Protection Supervisor – is a person appointed by an employer to ensure that any work performed with ionising radiation is performed in compliance with the Ionising Radiation Regulations and the local rules required by the regulations. An RPS is required to:
  • know and understand the requirements of the Regulations and local rules relevant to the work with ionising radiation;
  • command sufficient authority from the people doing the work to allow them to supervise the radiation protection aspects;
  • understand the necessary precautions to be taken and the extent to which these precautions will restrict exposures; and
  • know what to do in an emergency.
RPS is the second of two levels of competence in radiation safety that the PCN Scheme recognises (see last month’s What the Hec?! on BRS). It is an optional level of certification for holders of PCN radiography certificates. A candidate for the PCN RPS certification will have been adequately trained in the requirements for Radiation Protection Supervisors and, in addition, will be assessed for knowledge and understanding of the requirements to assess doses, carry out hazard assessments, implement contingency plans and emergency procedures, and arrange for the provision of dosemeters and the keeping of dose records.


For information on RPS see:
HSE Information Sheet: Radiation Protection Supervisors

The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999

‘Certification of Personnel in Radiation Safety and Protection’, PCN/GEN Appendix E3 Issue 7 Rev D, dated 1 April 2016

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