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Radiation Protection

Handsam has staff specially trained by CLEAPPS to become approved Radiation Protection Officers (RPO) who can support your school or academy in delivering its duties under the Ionising Radiation Regulations.

Why do you need this service?

By law, every school or academy which holds radioactive sources (normally needed due to substances used for teaching A-Level Science subjects but may exist in other areas of the school as well) must appoint a suitable staff member as a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS). They must also appoint an external consultant – a Radiation Protection Officer (RPO) – who provides support and accesses high-level advice from a Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA).

What does this service provide?

  • Remote guidance to your appointed RPS via Handsam’s RPO and liaising with the RPA appointed by CLEAPSS on your behalf.

  • An on-site visit once in every 2-year period to formally check your RPS is following the guidance.


Following the above process ensures you will be fully compliant with the law regarding radioactive materials in schools.

Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA) Service

Handsam now offers client access to the CLEAPSS Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA) service. This service will replace that which many schools and academies previously purchased or were provided through the Local Authority.

What are the consequences of not having an RPA?

If you hold radioactive sources, your school or academy would be in immediate breach of the Radioactive Substances Act (1993) and the Ionising Radiation Regulations (2017). This would lead to incurring significant costs in disposing of all radioactive sources and an inability to teach some aspects of the A-Level Science Curriculum.


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