ALARP: when does reasonably practicable become rather pricey?

Kotre, Colin John (2022) ALARP: when does reasonably practicable become rather pricey? British Journal of Radiology, 95 . p. 20220612.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20220612

Abstract

The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 require employers to restrict radiation doses to their employees and the public to be As Low As Reasonably Practicable. This article looks at the boundary between what might be considered to be reasonable and unreasonable in protecting staff and the general public in the field of hospital-based diagnostic radiology. A simple test for locating this boundary based on a cost-benefit approach is devised and its use illustrated using hospital-based radiation protection examples. It is concluded that a cost-benefit calculation based on the legal definition of As Low As Reasonably Practicable may have some use in the support of radiation protection decision-making in the hospital environment, but only within the context of existing legal, practical and ethical considerations.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Radiology
Publisher: British Institute of Radiology
ISSN: 1748-880X
Departments: Departments > Institute of Health > Medical Sciences
Additional Information: Colin John Kotre, PhD, FBIR, Visiting Professor, Institute of Health, University of Cumbria, UK. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/, which permits unrestricted non-commercial reuse, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2022 10:32
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2022 10:45
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6531

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