Radiation safety codes

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Safety codes are a series of documents prepared by Health Canada that provide radiation protection information. They help promote consistent radiation protection practices to support the safe installation and use of radiation emitting devices in Canada.

Some Health Canada safety codes are referenced in regulations, standards and policies of federal, provincial and territorial authorities. For example:

Compliance with safety codes is not a requirement under the Radiation Emitting Devices Act or its regulations.

Depending on the jurisdiction, provincial and territorial legislation or professional orders and associations may establish requirements relating to:

The authority responsible for administering a regulation, standard or policy that references a safety code may also establish:

Health Canada does not monitor or enforce compliance with safety codes.

Safety codes

Radiofrequency exposure


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Non-medical X-ray

Medical and dental X-ray

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