Maximising safety with radiographic inspection

Radiographic Inspection

The great thing about non-destructive testing (NDT) is there are so many different options. So, if someone wants a more accurate idea of the condition of a metal, weld, component, or even a piece of equipment, they can choose a suitable method. One option is radiographic inspection. It can be a reliable way to test but some people worry about how safe it is. Below we will take a close look at this.

What is the concern?

The thing many people focus on is that RI uses radiation to inspect items. This is generally either x rays or gamma. There is a lot of information about how harmful extreme exposure to the radiation can be.

Testing safely

Since 1999 there has been a huge push to make the radiographic field safer. This includes big advances in technology as well as stricter regulations. Most importantly, the technician who is providing the testing should have the right qualifications and experience.

A crucial part of maximising safety with RI is using the right equipment. For example, it is a really good idea to use monitoring gear to measure radiation levels. A dosimeter or a Geiger counter may be necessary.

In addition, it is important to limit the number of people that could be exposed to the radiation during testing. The best option is to keep everyone who is not participating in the test away from the area.

Preparation before testing is also necessary. For example, it is a really good idea to check the equipment prior to use. Suitable prep of the item being tested will increase the accuracy of the test too.

Ask us about radiographic testing

Our goal at Format NDT Ltd is to give our clients the best information about the condition of different metal items and welds. We want every single test to be accurate as well as safe and reliable. To ensure this, our team have the best training and top of the line equipment. We also set high standards on every single job.

One thing clients can do is get in touch and ask us about the different types of testing we offer. This gives us the opportunity to suggest the right one for them. For example, it may be that ultrasonic (UT) or eddy current (ECT) is a better option than radiographic. It all depends on the specific case.