Environmental Permits Handbook
Persons having possession of any radiation machine or accelerator are required to register with the Tennessee Division of Radiological Health (DRH). In general, the following types of equipment must be registered:
State Regulations for Protection Against Radiation allows certain types of x-ray producing equipment, such as domestic television receivers and other electrical equipment, to be exempt from registration provided they produce radiation incidental to their use and the dose rate does not exceed 0.5 rem per year. Radiation producing machines in transit and radiation machines that are totally unusable except for salvage parts also are exempt from registration.
For Classes I-VI, a completed Registration of X-ray Producing Equipment (Form RHS 8-4) must be submitted within 10 days after acquisition of the x-ray producing equipment. The form requires detailed information concerning the owner, possessor and person in charge of the x-ray equipment; the medical specialty of the possessor (if applicable), and specific information for each tubehead.
For Class VII x-ray producing equipment (accelerators), a completed Application for Certified Registration (Form RHS 8-8) must be submitted within 10 days after acquisition of the accelerator. The form requires detailed information concerning the applicant, location where the accelerator will be used and stored, description and proposed use of the accelerator, facility description, shielding evaluations, training program, and other information as required.
Upon receipt of the completed registration form for tube Classes I-VI, the Division reviews the form for completeness, issues the registration along with an invoice for the appropriate fee, and sends them to the registrant. The review process normally takes less than one (1) day. The X-ray Registration is valid indefinitely; it does not expire.
Class VII machines (accelerators) must have a Certified Registration. Upon receipt of the appropriate registration form and fees, the Certified Registration application is reviewed for completeness. If necessary, the Division sends a deficiency letter to the applicant. The review process may generate more deficiency letters until an adequate response to the Division's concerns is received from the applicant. Upon submittal of the necessary information, a Certified Registration is issued. The entire Certified Registration process usually takes thee (3) to six (6) months. Certified Registrations are issued for a five-year renewable period.
Annual registration fees are required as follows:
The registrant may proceed with the approved use of registered equipment. For Classes I-VI, the registration is not transferable. Changes such as address, ownership, possessor or location of use from that declared on the previous registration require the x-ray producing equipment to be re-registered. The registrant is required to follow State Regulations for Protection Against Radiation in the use of the equipment.
For Class VII machines (accelerators), the Certified Registration may be transferred in accordance with the rules and regulations and with the written consent of the Division and both parties. The Certified Registrant is required to follow the conditions of the Certified Registration and State Regulations for Protection Against Radiation. The Certified Registrant also has the right to request an amendment of the Certified Registration. Changes in the scope of authorized activities of the Certified Registration may require additional fees.
The Division has the right to inspect the registrants as follows:
Penalties for violations can reach up to $5,000 per day per violation.
The Division is responsible for regulating sources of radiation in order to protect the health and welfare of the people and environment of the State of Tennessee.
Registration forms and assistance may be obtained from the Supervisor of Registration Machine/Device Permitting - RI Evaluation at the Division of Radiological Health in Nashville.
Applicants may refer to the following publications:
Registrants may obtain a copy of Tennessee's State Regulations for Protection Against Radiation by sending a request and a check for $15 made payable to Treasurer, State of Tennessee, to the following address:
State of Tennessee
TDEC Rule Chapter 1200-2-10-.24 State Regulation for Protection Against Radiation
TCA 68-23-101, et seq., 68-202-101, et seq., and 4-5-201 et seq.