Evaluation of compliance to radiation safety standard amongst radiographers in radiodiagnostic centres in South West, Nigeria
World Journal of Medical Sciences
Department of Radiation Biology, Radiotherapy, Radiodiagnosis and Radiography, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-araba, Lagos, Nigeria
The use of ionizing radiation has become very common in medicine since its discovery more than a century ago. Radiation protection has been the concern of national and international bodies because of the potential hazardous effects associated with ionizing radiation if not properly controlled. Radiographers, who are the major dispenser of ionizing radiation, need proper monitoring for safe practice. In Nigeria, Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) is saddled with the responsibility to regulate and monitor the use of ionizing radiation the country. International Commission on radiation Protection (ICRP), international commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) in conjunction with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had provided series of documents on radiation safety standards. One hundred radiographers from public and private radiodiagnostic centres administered questionnaires on compliance rate of safety standard as described by national and international commission on ionizing radiation. The result reveals high compliance rate in majority of radiodiagnostic centres located in south west Nigeria. Conclusively, this study showed that radiographers working in both private and public establishments in south west, Nigeria were been monitored and they strictly followed the radiation protection standard rules to be within radiation workers dose limits. © IDOSI Publications, 2012.
adult; article; clinical practice; controlled study; device safety; health personnel attitude; human; ionizing radiation; job satisfaction; Nigeria; occupational exposure; occupational hazard; occupational safety; protective equipment; radiation exposure; radiation protection; radiation safety; radiologist; work environment