Radiation Protection Service

Safely managing your hazardous materials

Radiation protection, also known as radiological protection, is defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as “The protection of people from harmful effects of exposure to ionising radiation, and the means for achieving this”.

Radioactive sources are used as part of the national curriculum in science and/or advanced level physics in most secondary schools and colleges.

The Ionising Radiations Regulations require that all radioactive substances are accounted for, stored properly, handled safely and monitored regularly.


The Radiation Protection Officer will ensure that you have a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS), especially if the school has radioactive substances. The RPS ensures that the radiation sources used in schools are a valuable resource for teaching the fundamentals of ionising radiation to students through hands-on experience. A partnership agreement will be formed between the RPO an RPS to ensure that radiation sources in science lessons can provide benefits for both teachers and students.

Service Products

  • Monitor the management of the school’s radioactive sources
  • Deal with emergencies in collaboration with CLEAPSS
  • Act as the link between the school RPS and RPA (CLEAPSS)
  • Provide advice, support and assistance
  • Ensure that any RPA advice is passed onto the schools as required

Contract types

  • Bespoke project: one-off piece of work personalised to your requirements
  • Bespoke training and consultancy
  • Service Level Agreement: annual agreement to support on an ongoing basis

Contact details

020 8249 6900 - Option 1