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X-Ray Safety Officer (XSO)

If you are responsible under provincial and federal regulations for the safety of employees exposed to X-rays in the workplace, the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada offers a three-day X-ray Safety Officer (XSO) course.

Your Legal Obligations

Across Canada, many employers and employees responsible for workplace safety are not fully aware of regulations governing the use of X-ray equipment in the workplace. Yet, every province and territory has such regulations.

These regulations have the force of law. For example, in most provinces, regulations require that an employer designate and provide the name of a qualified person to oversee the safe use of X-ray equipment. Federal regulations also apply.

When you complete the requirements of the three-day X-ray Safety Officer® (XSO) course and receive your XSO Certificate, you will be more knowledgeable about your employer’s legal obligations and more confident about your ability to meet them.

Our XSO course graduates are eligible for the following continuing education credits, if applicable:

The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists 17.75 Category A credits *

*CAMRT Credits are recognized by the ARRT, The ASRT, and all Provincial Associations under the CAMRT umbrella.

Subjects Covered

  • Structure of matter
  • Understanding radiation
  • X-rays: radiation made by machine
  • Radiation quantities and units
  • Biological and health effects of exposure to X-rays
  • X-ray systems, X-ray imaging and safety survey
  • Scattering and attenuation of X-rays
  • Radiation detection, instrumentation and dosimetry
  • Radiation protection principles and practices
  • Hands-on exercises in the practical application of radiation protection principles
  • What the law requires: Key federal, provincial and territorial regulations on x-ray safety

XSO is not for you?

If you find that XSO course is not what you need, please take a moment to look at other radiation safety courses we offer: Radiation Safety Awareness Education and Employee Radiation Safety Training

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