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The Office of Radiological Health resides in the Department of Health as follows:

  • State Health Commissioner
  • Deputy Commissioner for Public Health

Overview of Program Activities

The Office of Radiological Health Program is responsible for protecting the public health and safety from unnecessary radiation from a diversity of sources that spans a wide spectrum of applications in the healing arts, research and educational institutions, and industry.  The regulation and emergency response involving sources of radiation require a staff with multi-disciplinary skills and extensive training.

The Office is responsible for the following activities:

Radioactive Materials- On March 31, 2009 the Governor entered into an agreement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to assume responsibility for the regulation of by-product, special, and source materials. There are about 429 radioactive material licenses active in Virginia.

X-ray Machines- The Division is responsible for the registration, inspection, and certification of X-ray machines in the Commonwealth.  There are approximately 18,000 X-ray machines registered.

Emergency Preparednes and Response- The Division coordinates with the Department of Emergency Management for training activities and response to radiological emergencies.

Environmental Monitoring- the Division collects environmental samples for radiological analysis near various fixed nuclear facilities, such as the North Anna and Surry Nuclear Power Stations.


Radiological Health Program | 109 Governor Street, 7th Floor  | Richmond, VA  23219 | Telephone (804) 864-8150 | Fax: (804) 864-8155


Last Updated: 09-03-2013

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