June 26, 2018

Draft Texas Radiation Safety Regs Open for Comment

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is accepting comments until July 22, 2018, for proposed draft amendments to rules covering licensing and safety requirements for radioactive materials.

The amendments are necessary to comply with compatibility requirements of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), to which Texas is subject as an agreement state.

The amendments update NRC information and are the result of the NRC's adoption of requirements for the following:

  • Exemptions for source material and radioactive material other than source material
  • General and specific licenses
  • Sealed sources or device evaluations
  • Expiration and termination of licenses and revisions to other safety related items

Other amendments were made to clarify or include new or refined terminology and requirements for radiation safety officers, sealed source or device evaluation, isotope quantities, radiation survey instruments, authorized users, training for authorized nuclear pharmacists, calibration dates, and reporting events.

The DSHS has determined that the reasons for adopting these sections continue to exist because rules on this subject are needed to protect public health and safety as well as to fulfill DSHS's statutory responsibilities as the state's designated radiation control agency.

A public hearing to receive comments on the proposal will be scheduled and the meeting date will be posted on the Radiation Control website.

Please direct your questions to Chuck Flynn (chuck.Flynn@dshs.texas.gov) or (512) 834-6655.