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Control measure

Safe system of work: X-ray machine

Control measure knowledge

Access to the room housing an X-ray machine should be restricted until the power supply has been confirmed as either switched off or isolated.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that information about the type and location of X-ray machines is included in Site-Specific Risk Information (SSRI), along with procedures for isolating their power supply

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider requesting advice or assistance from the responsible person to isolate power supplies to X-ray machines, taking into account any consequences of this action
  • If the responsible person is unavailable, consider requesting advice from another specialist, such as the manufacturer of the X-ray machine, and/or refer to instructions provided
  • Ensure that personnel are made aware of the type and location of any X-ray machines
  • If the X-ray machine has been compromised by a fire or other type of incident, implement hazardous materials procedures for radiation, until the source has been confirmed as safe