Excellence in Radiological Control
Assessment, as used in this Standard, refers to the process of providing independent feedback to senior line managers to
indicate the adequacy of the radiological control program.
Inspections, audits, reviews, investigations, and self-assessments are part of the numerous checks and balances
needed in a good radiological control program. Internal audits of the radiation protection program shall be
conducted such that over a 36-month period, all functional elements are assessed [see 835.102]. The audit s should
address program performance, applicability, content, and implementation. These audits should be performed by the
radiological control organization, the quality assurance organization, or other organizations having the requisite
knowledge to adequately assess radiological control activities.
Identification of the functional elements of the program depends upon many site- or facility specific factors. Based
upon the contents of 10 CFR 835, the following functional elements should be considered for inclusion in the
Personnel dosimetry and dose assessment
Portable and fixed instrumentation
Radiological monitoring (area and item monitoring)
Accident and emergency dose controls
Radioactive material control, including sealed radioactive source control and material release
Posting and labeling
Records and reports
Radiological design and administrative controls
Managers, supervisors, and workers should look upon assessments as helpful. It is desirable to approach
assessments with nothing to hide and with the radiological control program as an open book. Results of
assessments should be incorporated into the ongoing process of improving radiological control performance.
Managers should encourage the positive view that identifying even minor deficiencies represents an opportunity
for further improvement. The number of deficiencies does not in itself measure the overall quality of the radiological
control program. A prioritization system to implement actions for resolving the deficiencies should be implemented.
In developing corrective action plans for assessment activities, managers should address root causes for the
identified deficiencie s or concerns, not just the specific symptoms identified by the reviewer.
Feedback on findings from assessments, root-cause analyses, status of corrective actions, and adherence to action
plan schedules should be frequently provided to management.