A lead apron should be draped over the patient to shield the patient's body.
Failure of the Timer Device to Terminate an X-ray Exposure
All medical x-ray devices are manufactured such that removing pressure from
the x-ray activation switch will cause termination of the x-ray production. In
the event that the automatic timer on an x-ray machine does not halt the
exposure after the preset time interval, immediately remove pressure from the
x-ray activation switch. This will halt the x-ray production. In addition,
immediately turn off the power to the x-ray machine, and post a sign stating
that the machine is malfunctioning, and may not be used.
Notify your supervisor, clinical engineering and Radiation Safety. Discontinue use of the machine until has
been evaluated by a qualified expert or service engineer.
Reporting Unsafe Conditions
Personnel have the responsibility for maintaining a safe workplace. Employees
must promptly report to their supervisor or Radiation Safety any of the following:
- Suspected unsafe conditions.
- Any condition which may lead to or cause a violation of the Washington
Administrative Codes. (WAC 246-225)
- Any condition which may cause unnecessary exposure to radiation.