X-ray machines are used in many industries, including:
- Engineering workshops
- Medical facilities
- Animal facilities
- Food industry processes, to detect contaminants
- Lawful detention facilities
- Security facilities, such as at airports
X-rays can only be created through the application of a very high voltage, which may be hazardous in itself. However, as soon as the power supply is isolated, all X-ray emission ceases.
The level of radiation emitted from X-ray machines varies depending on their application; those used for detection purposes such as scanning baggage are less powerful than those used for medical purposes.
Knowledge and understanding
Understand all associated hazard knowledge
Refer to – Industry supplementary information
- Control measureSafe system of work: Laser equipment at industrial sites
- Control measureSafe system of work: X-ray machine