The Office of Radiological Health resides in the Department of Health as follows:
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 approximately 400 radioactive material specific licenses active in Virginia.
X-ray Machines- The Program is responsible for the registration, inspection, and certification of X-ray machines in the Commonwealth. There are approximately 18,000 X-ray machines registered.
Radon - The Program provides education and technical assistance regarding radon in buildings.
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