Radiation Profiling and You

All new portable XRF instruments are tested for radiation leakages before they leave the factory; this is known as their radiation profile. The instrument is then issued with a ‘Compliance Certificate’. It is a statutory requirement that compliance certificates are issued in most states of Australia.

After using your instrument for a few years, travelling out bush and on aircraft with the XRF, how do you know if it is still safe? Is the shielding inside the casing of the instrument still in place?

COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATES

It is a statutory requirement that compliance certificates are issued in most states of Australia. This certificate means that when the instrument is operating correctly there is no stray radiation coming out of it that could potentially cause you harm. It also means that all the safety measures contained within the instrument’s hardware and software are in good working order thereby ensuring safe shutdown in case of malfunction.

As X-rays are emitted from the portable XRF, regular compliance testing is required, which vary from state to state within Australia. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in hefty fines from the radiation authority in that state.

Portable XRF Services is registered to conduct Compliance Monitoring of Portable XRF instruments. We check the radiation profile of the instruments and ascertain through a series of tests whether the interlocks are operating according to the manufacturers design and specification. If you require a compliance test for your XRF, Portable XRF Services offer radiation profiling for all brands of XRF instruments. Our testing is done to government standards, with a certificate being provided upon completion.

Servicing your XRF

Keeping up to date with the servicing of your Portable XRF Analyser is highly important. Similarly to a car, your instrument needs to be regularly serviced to ensure it is in its best working condition. Yearly services on handheld XRF analysers are recommended as a preventative maintenance process in order to extend the life of the instrument and check for any ongoing issues and the calibration and make sure the instrument is performing optimally. This is regardless of whether the instrument has been used every day or sitting idle for the year.

A condition report is designed to provide the user with information on the current state of a Portable XRF instruments stability, accuracy, precision, software status and physical condition.

ASSESSMENTS OF OLD INSTRUMENTS
Our inhouse technical staff can work with you to troubleshoot any issues you are having with your instruments. We offer assessments of older Portable XRF instruments, along with recommendations on how to proceed with your instrument. Whether it be a quotation for repair, or to assist in purchasing a new instrument that suits your needs, we are here to help.
If you would like more information about radiation profiling of your XRF instrument or our condition report service please get in touch.

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