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Radioactive materials monitoring and control records [Massachusetts Radiation Control Program]

Part of: Massachusetts Radiation Control Program

Radioactive materials monitoring and control records, 1955-2009.

50 record center cartons
Call no.: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/933388368

Scope and Content: Massachusetts St 1987, c 541, s 4 designated the Dept. of Public Health as the state radiation control agency (MGLA c 111, s 5N). The Radiation Control Program, so-called, is currently placed under the department’s Bureau of Environmental Health, although legislatively the bureau’s functions are essentially those outlined as being part of the Bureau of Environmental Sanitation in the Dept. of Environmental Protection (MGLA c 21a, s 8) (see: Division of Environmental Health. Agency history record ((M-Ar)EN6.21)). The Radiation Control Program  (RCP) protects the health and safety of the residents of the Commonwealth from the harmful effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. RCP staff address a range of issues associated with radioactive materials including the regulation of specific radioactive sources, x-ray technology, nuclear medicine, mammography, professional training and licensure for radiologic technologists, laser registration, and more. The Nuclear Incident Advisory Team (NIAT) routinely participates in exercises to evaluate emergency plans to address nuclear power plant events.  RCP staff also work with other Bureau of Environmental Health programs to carry out environmental monitoring activities and with local boards of health to regulate conditions related to the use of UV light in tanning facilities.
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