Dosimeter Badge Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I want to be sure I am protecting both my employees from radiation exposure and myself from possible litigation. How do I know I can trust DosimetryBadge products?

At Dosimetry Badge, we know that the quality of our products and our customers’ trust in them is paramount. For this reason, we only use Panasonic UD-800 Series TLD (thermoluminescent dosimeter) badges. These badges are considered the industry standard and are extremely reliable. They can accurately record even very small doses of radiation; in the event of any litigation, the data we collect from these badges will be considered 100% reliable by a court of law. Extensive testing has shown that these badges are more dependable than film badges and are also extremely rugged and resistant to mechanical impact. For the benefit of your employees, these badges are small, light and unobtrusive.

Dosimetry Badges uses an ISO 9001 accredited, NVLAP Accredited Laboratory (NVLAP Code 1100512-0), to process your results accurately and reliably every time.

I know I need to keep records of my employees' radiation exposure levels. Does Dosimetry Badge help with this?

Absolutely. All results from analysis of your badges will be securely stored and archived by Dosimetry Badge. This will ensure that you are always in compliance with any state and federal data preservation regulations and spares you from the burden of paperwork. Your data will be available with the click of a mouse, any time you need to access it. We make the entire radiation exposure monitoring process simple and easy so you can concentrate on running your business.

Where should my employees keep their dosimeter badges when they are not working?

When employees are not working, their dosimeter badges should be kept at work, in an area away from anywhere used for radiography or any other form of radiation. Obviously, badges should never be left in these \’hot\’ areas (such as on clothing hanging on the back of the radiography room door), as they will then register much more exposure than the employee was actually exposed to. If employees take their badges home at night, there is the possibility that they will be exposed to further radiation, for example if family members have been treated with nuclear medicine. Another, more likely possibility if staff members take their badges home is that they may leave their badges in hot cars during the summer. These high temperatures can sometimes cause falsely high readings. It also goes without saying that employees should never wear their badges when having radiographic procedures performed on themselves at the doctor\’s office. For these reasons, it\’s important to always store badges in the workplace, away from any sources of radiation.

What do I have to do to begin receiving my badges?

The easiest way is to simply click on the Shop button to placed your order. After the form is complete our additional security color box will request you to verify the correct color to further verify your identity. Then you will be transported to the secured payment portal where we accept Visa/Mastercard/American Express. Then your payment is verified and your badges are immediately sent out. If you would like to speak to a customer representative a person will be standing by to complete your order within minutes.

What makes Dosimetry Badges different from my current provider?

Here at Dosimetry Badge we pride ourselves as being the industry leader in Radiation Protection. We are superior to your current provider because we can provide immediate customer service 24hrs a day/7 days a week; no other firm offers this luxury. This top-notch customer service is provided at no extra charge! Come enjoy the Dosimetry Badge advantage and see why thousands of industry professionals have made the switch.

I already have a Film Badge Supplier, is it difficult to switch?

Not at all! Simply call your current provider and tell them you have appreciated what they’ve done for you but you’ve found a provider that is better in every way. After the call is made to your current provider simply fill out the order form via the website or give us a call and we will have you stocked up with Dosimetry Badges within the week! No one else can do that!

I only have a small number of employees, is Dosimetry Badges right for me?

Big or Small Dosimetry Badges is right for you! Everyone has a right to be taken care of and to be protected. Here at Dosimetry Badge we pride ourselves in offering the best deals and service no matter the size. Our price breaks starts with just a few badges so please don’t hesitate to utilize our price calculator on the website to find the best possible price for you. If for some reason you don’t think the price is correct on the price calculator, simply give us a call and we’ll gladly sort it out. Dosimetry Badge is all about offering the best price.

Who is required to be monitored for radiation exposure?

We are surrounded by radiation in our daily lives. Radiation monitoring should be considered for those who work in occupations where risks may be prevalent due to exposures from X-ray equipment or in labs where radioactive research materials are utilized and, of course, nuclear power plants. Medical facility administrators and Radiation Safety Officers determine who will be monitored for occupational exposure. Even in environments where exposure risks may be minimal, it is still good policy to take the proper precautions to monitor exposure over time. It is important for any person that has the potential of receiving work-related occupational exposure to be monitored. Monitoring allows the tracking of individual dosage to determine the risks from any exposure received over time.

What is work-related occupational exposure?

Occupational exposure occurs during the performance of job duties and may place a health-care worker at risk of ionizing radiation exposure.

What is cumulative dose?

Cumulative dose is the total dose resulting from repeated exposures of ionizing radiation to an exposed healthcare worker to the same portion of the body, or to the whole body, over a period of time. If an employee switches location, it is important for that employee to convey their lifetime dose to the new facility in order to properly track their cumulative dose.

What is ALARA?

As defined by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC: Title 10, Chapter 20.1003): “ALARA is an acronym for “as low as is reasonably achievable.” It means making every reasonable effort to maintain exposures to radiation as far below the dose limits in this part as is practical consistent with the purpose for which the licensed activity is undertaken, taking into account the state of technology, the economics of improvements in relation to state of technology, the economics of improvements in relation to benefits to the public health and safety, and other societal and socioeconomic considerations, and in relation to utilization of nuclear energy and licensed materials in the public interest.“

What is ionizing radiation and how is it measured?

From World Health Organization and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sources: Energy emitted from any source is generally referred to as radiation. Examples include heat or light from the sun, microwaves from an oven, X-rays from an X-ray tube, and gamma rays from radioactive elements. Ionizing radiation is radiation with enough energy so that during an interaction with an atom, it can remove tightly bound electrons from the orbit of an atom, causing the atom to become charged or ionized. Ionizing radiation can affect the atoms in living things, so it poses a health risk by damaging tissue and DNA in genes. Effective dose describes the amount of radiation absorbed by a person, adjusted to account for the type of radiation received and the effect on particular organs. In the United States, the unit used to measure effective dose is called the ‘millirem’ (mrem), which is one thousandth] of a rem. Humans can typically receive one (1) mrem dose by simply taking one coast-to coast flight or by wearing a watch with a luminous dial for a year. People are exposed to ionizing radiation through natural/background (terrestrial and space) and medical (e.g., x-rays) sources. The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) has calculated that the average yearly radiation dose per person in the U.S. is 620 mrem. Based upon U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations (USNRC), Title 10, Part 20, Code of Regulations, the annual occupational radiation exposure limits should be no more than:

▪ Whole body, blood-forming organs, gonads: 5,000 mrem/year
▪ Lens of eye: 15,000 mrem/year
▪ Extremities and skin: 50,000 mrem/year
▪ Fetal: 500 mrem/gestation period
▪ General Public: 100 mrem/year

Is Dosimetry Badge’s laboratory approved by NVLAP?

Of Course! In fact our NVLAP # is 100512-0

What is an NVLAP lab?

The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), is an annual accreditation program for testing laboratories. NVLAP’s Ionizing Radiation Dosimetry field of testing was established in 1984 to implement the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) requirement that all dosimeters used by licensees to comply with federal law must be processed and evaluated by a NVLAP accredited laboratory.

What do I do with my dosimeter during air travel?

When traveling by air, before you go through airport security screening, let the TSA agents know to hand-check for the dosimeter because it cannot go through the X-ray machines.

What do I do if I lose my dosimeters?

Please call us at (321) 234-4141 or email info@dosimetrybadge.com.

There is a replacement fee of $20.00 per lost dosimeter.

What do I do if I lose the reusable clip-holder?

Please call us at (321) 234-4141 or email info@dosimetrybadge.com and we will provide a replacement. Some healthcare facilities may also keep extra clips, so you may also check with the facility Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).

What should I do if I do not receive a new dosimeter shipment?

Please call us at (321) 234-4141 or email info@dosimetrybadge.com.

What do I need to do if I change addresses?

Please call us at (321) 234-4141 or email info@dosimetrybadge.com.

How and when do I receive my exposure data?

At the end of each wear period, dosimeters are returned for processing and then analyzed. A hard copy of your report will automatically arrive within fifteen (15) business days from the receipt of the returned dosimeters. An electronic copy of your report can be emailed upon your request.

How long do I need to keep these dosimetry reports on file?

Federal law requires all dosimetry reports to be kept on file for 3 years.

I am an IntelliCentrics Reptrax customer where do I send my radiation tracking reports to stay compliant?

You forward your most recent radiation dosimetry report from an approved National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) lab so that your account can be updated. These exposure reports can be uploaded and submitted directly through your SEC3URE.com account as Radiation Exposure credentials. Please verify that your social security number is not visible on your exposure report. They cannot accept radiation tracking reports via fax.

Does Dosimetry Badge provide letters attesting that I am included in their radiation monitoring program?

Yes. At a minimum, the statement from an HCIRs’ employer must show: 1) The HCIR / Rep is an active participant in their company’s radiation dosimetry program, and 2) The HCIR’s / Rep’s exposure data will be provided to their SEC3URE facilities upon request (please provide contact information). This attestation must be on company letterhead, signed by an authorized company official, and provided through SEC3UREb annually. Click here to see an example Employer Attestation letter.

What do I need to do if I am pregnant?

If you choose to be monitored by voluntarily declaring your pregnancy, you will need to order a second fetal monitor dosimeter monthly for the duration of your pregnancy. It is not uncommon to be pregnant and still work around radiation. The second dosimeter is to be worn on the INSIDE of the lead apron on your waist so that we can track not only your dose but any potential dose that your baby might be exposed to. While pregnant you need to stick to some strict rules:

▪ Step out of the room when an exposure is being made.
▪ Always wear a lead apron while in radiation exposed rooms.
▪ Keep as much distance from the source of radiation as possible.

When you are no longer pregnant, please call (321) 234-4141 to cancel the second fetal monitor dosimeter.

What if I’m in a clinical area but not exposed?

You can still be at risk of receiving an occupational dose even if you do not work in rooms that utilize ionizing radiation. For your own protection, closely follow ALL safety guidance determined by facility Radiation Safety Officers (RSO). You might not even think about it but, if you walk in a room where they are using x-rays to grab something even for a moment, you are still receiving an occupational dose. Unlike in radiology departments where there is a barrier of lead between rooms to stop radiation from traveling from room to room, surgery rooms do not have this barrier in place. While you might be working in one room and X-rays are being used in another room you can still be receiving a dose. While it is a small dose, it is none-the-less a dose that adds to your total cumulative dosage.

Do I still need a dosimeter if I step away from radiation equipment?

While creating distance between you and the source of radiation will reduce your occupational exposure, you still need to be monitored for any potential dose you may/will receive while working around radiation. For your own protection, closely follow ALL safety guidance determined by facility Radiation Safety Officers (RSO).

Does wearing a lead apron prevent me from getting a dose?

Wearing a lead apron will protect the majority of your body; it does not protect the whole body from radiation. Your arms, legs, and head are still exposed to the radiation. For your protection, closely follow ALL safety guidance determined by facility Radiation Safety Officers (RSO). Additionally, depending on the amount of radiation that you are being exposed to, the lead apron may only attenuate the total dose and not eliminate all exposure.

If radiation is in use how do I make sure I’m safe?

For your protection, closely follow ALL safety guidance determined by facility Radiation Safety Officers (RSO). Remember the principals of TIME, DISTANCE AND SHIELDING. Try to minimize the amount of time that you are spending in and around the source of radiation. Prepare your typical protocol ahead of time so that you do not spend extra time in radiation areas. While working in a room with radiation you should always try and stand as far away as possible. Six feet is always a good idea, but more is better. If the room has a lead shield or a wall to stand behind that would be a better option. Use lead aprons, leaded glass shields and stand behind lead lined walls when available. This increase in shielding will attenuate any exposure.

What if I only work in a MRI suite occasionally?

MRI can give different information about structures in the body than can be obtained using a standard x-ray, ultrasound, or CT exam. For example, an MRI exam of a joint can provide detailed images of ligaments and cartilage, which are not visible using other study types. In most MRI devices, an electric current is passed through coiled wires to create a temporary magnetic field around a patient’s body. Radio waves are sent from and received by a transmitter/receiver in the machine, and these signals are used to produce digital images of the area of interest. To date, there is little to no harmful radiation being produced that we know. For your protection, closely follow ALL safety guidance determined by facility Radiation Safety Officers (RSO).

What if I only work in a CT suite occasionally?

The same rules apply to CT as fluoroscopy / x-ray. CT or CAT scanner utilizes x-ray radiation. The radiation comes from the center of the machine. You should try to keep a 6-ft. distance from the source while it is being utilized. While the scanner uses x-ray radiation, the dose that comes from it is 10 times that of one conventional x-ray. While working in CT, you should always try to step out of the room when the scanner is in use and observe from behind the window. For your protection, closely follow ALL safety guidance determined by facility Radiation Safety Officers (RSO).

What if I work in Special Procedures?

While in special procedures the same rules as surgery apply. It is for all intents and purposes an O.R. suite. The room utilizes a fluoroscopy machine. Again, you should try to stay behind the window or the glass shield while x-rays are in use. For your protection, closely follow ALL safety guidance determined by facility Radiation Safety Officers (RSO).

Do you have any additional questions?

Please call us at (321) 234-4141 or email info@dosimetrybadge.com.