There are a number of reasons why a company might wish to have an independent (outside) review or audit of its in-house radiation safety program. One reason might be the old “can’t see the forest for the trees” problem, where program developers are too close to the day-to-day operations to fairly evaluate the big picture. Another reason might be a desire for fresh insights into programmatic efficiency. It might be a recent staffing change where a fresh look at your program can facilitate the transition to new personnel. Or it might be to simply use the findings of an independent review to demonstrate compliance with federal and state periodic review requirements for licensees.
Plexus-NSD is pleased to offer an independent program review service. On a fixed-price basis, Plexus-NSD will perform and document a technical evaluation and/or a compliance evaluation of your entire radiation protection program, or some specific aspect of the program (i.e., dosimetry, waste management, environmental monitoring, training). The evaluation may, or may not include, at your discretion, an on-site visit and first-hand observations.
The first step in the process is an exchange of preliminary information about your operations, upon which programmatic objectives (e.g., technical, regulatory, legal) will be determined. (For compliance reviews, Plexus-NSD has pre-prepared checklists to facilitate the completion of this step.) From there, Plexus-NSD then reviews applicable programmatic documentation and other information that you wish to have taken into account, to determine whether the objectives have been met. A draft report of findings, to include an introduction (Purpose, qualifications of reviewer(s), personnel interviewed, documents reviewed, and areas visited), a review summary (Approach, Observations, Recommendations), and a list of findings, will then be prepared and forwarded to you or your legal counsel for review and comment. Once all outstanding comments have been resolved, bound copies of the final report will be forwarded to you for your records.
If you are interested in having an independent technical or compliance review of your program, Contact Us. An Plexus-NSD Certified Health Physicist will work with you to provide you with whatever additional information you need or a fixed-price cost for completing the review.