Risk Assessment in a Nuclear Medicine Department
Authors: Rita Canotilho de Almeida, Miguel Corticeiro Neves
Abstract: Conducting a Risk Assessment is a key to continuous improvement of quality and safety standards of any organization procedure. It allows a diagnosis of the work conditions, identification and/or quantification of risk and the determination of the corrections to be made, as well as preventive measures and more appropriate protection. For this study, was used the MARAT (Risk Assessment of Accident Method). In Nuclear Medicine department, despite the high degree of specificity, because it is an area where ionizing radiation assume leadership, is necessary and possible to conduct a Risk Assessment at appropriate intervals by a Senior Technician or Work Safety Technician (TST or TSST), so that real security conditions are verified on-site improvements to be made in order to not only minimize the harmful effects of radiation in the body, as well as all other physical, chemical, biological hazards and ergonomic featured in any healthcare department. The existence of a physicist is mandatory, but the results showed that there were some situations that should be corrected and/or improved, also demonstrating the degree of importance that a risk assessment carried out by a TSST or TST has even a service with these characteristics, and in parallel with the actuation of Physicist responsible.
Keywords: Risk Assessment, Radioactivity, Physicist
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