Presented at the Three Rivers Dental Conference at Nemacolin Woodlands
Thursday, November 7, 2024
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Radiation Safety Overview for Dental X-ray Operators

2 Credit Hours

Every dental x-ray operator in Pennsylvania needs a periodic refresher course on ionizing radiation, including the definition, sources, hazards, measurements, and biological effects. This course will cover those topics as well as addressing recent scientific studies that are affecting our understanding of exposure and shielding in the dental office. This course meets the training requirements detailed in Pennsylvania Code, Title 25, Section 221.11.

Course Objectives:

  • Detail the basic properties of radiation
  • Define the units of measurement for radiation
  • Identify sources of radiation exposure
  • Discuss radiation protection measures
  • Provide an overview of the biological effects of radiation exposure
  • Discuss types of x-ray equipment
  • Review image recording and processing as well as patient exposures and positioning
  • Outline operational procedural requirements
  • Review guidelines for QA program
  • Summarize regulations for X-ray Operators

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Mr. Charles Watts

Mr. Watts serves as President and Managing Member of Clym Environmental Services, LLC (Clym). With extensive experience in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) consultancy, he has served in a variety of capacities including Radiation Safety Officer for governmental entities, Senior Safety Trainer for major pharmaceutical companies, Hazmat / Waste Manager for colleges and universities and Senior Project Manager for decommissioning of major facilities. Clym provides three primary lines of business: Safety Support, Waste Management and Decommissioning services for the life sciences, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. For more than twenty years Mr. Watts has overseen Clym’s expansion and growth, including our comprehensive regulated medical waste (RMW) management service. As a client-focused organization with an entrepreneurial flair for innovation, Clym recognized the need to rethink the traditional medical waste management paradigm to meet our customers’ growing desire for more sustainably focused operations. Drawing on his decades of experience in radiation safety, Mr. Watts is excited to share about current regulations as well as recent studies that affect the way radiation safety will be managed in dental offices in the future.

Mr. Charles Watts has no financial relationships relevant to this presentation to disclose.

Mr. Watts is the President and Managing Member of Clym Environmental Services

Dental Society of Western PA is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider Approved by Pennsylvania Dental Association.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
Dental Society of Western PA designates this activity for 6 continuing education credits.