Proposed Changes to Colorado Radiation Regulations: Introduction

On 5/31/18, the CDPHE announced that there are proposed changes to the radiation regulations. This happens every couple of years, and many times the changes are just housecleaning and there are not any significant differences in the works. That is not the case this time. I had planned on laying out these changes for you in this blog today, but because there are so many issues that will affect so many Atom Physics customers, I have decided to give a brief overview today and then go into more detail in the next few weeks explaining how these can affect our different category of customers (Chiropractor, Veterinary, Dental, Industrial, and other medical specialties.)

The good news is that these are only proposed changes, and the CDPHE is required by law to send all stakeholders the proposed changes well in advance and offer a period of time for comments. This period of time for comments is 5/31/18 – 8/29/18, and during this time the CDPHE will also hold stakeholder meetings around the state on the following schedule:

6/13/18 (Wednesday 3:00 – 5:30pm)
CDPHE Headquarters
4300 Cherry Creek Dr. South
Denver, CO 80246

6/19/18 (Tuesday 6:00 – 8:30pm)
Colorado Springs
1645 N. Newport Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80916

6/28/18 (Thursday 6:00 – 8:30pm)
Grand Junction
Holiday Inn & Suites
2751 Crossroads Blvd.
Grand Junction, CO 81506

7/10/18 (Tuesday 6:00 – 8:30pm)
Location TBD

Any stakeholders may submit comments or feedback at anytime up until 8/29/18 to the email address

I will lay out all the changes for you over the next few weeks and explain how it will affect your practices and facilities. You can email me any time with questions or comments. I plan on submitting my own feedback along with what I hear from everyone during this time. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Whatever changes the department decides to ultimately make will not take effect until early in 2019. There are not any major changes that will immediately take facilities out of compliance, but there are many proposed new regulations regarding your radiation safety programs and “who can do what” that will need to be addressed. Details to come!