Every registrant must appoint a radiation safety officer (RSO). That person must have appropriate training and may be required to hold a licence under the Act. While the RSO undertakes many of the responsibilities imposed on the registrant by the Act and regulations, as well as other prescribed duties (and may be held liable for failure to perform those duties) the registrant remains ultimately responsible.

Nominations to appoint a RSO must be submitted to the Radiological Council. If approved, the registrant must then appoint the RSO in writing, informing him or her of the responsibilities of the RSO (PDF 100 kb) under the Act.

The RSO provides the initial point of contact for all radiation matters.

The Registrant must notify the Council in advance of any planned changes to a registration of a material nature (Section 38 of the Act). The Registrant may delegate this responsibility to the RSO.

Organisations may, in addition, appoint a Radiation Safety Committee to advise the RSO. This is particularly appropriate in universities and large hospitals where there may be diverse radiation uses distributed over a large campus.

The Council may also direct a registrant to appoint a Committee.


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