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          44:03:01:10.01.  Requirements for personal protective devices. Special personal protective devices shall be used to protect eyes, skin, bone, and certain organs from unnecessary radiation exposure when possible These protective devices must be readily accessible and in good working condition.

          A gonad shield of not less than 0.5 millimeters lead equivalent material must be used for human patients who have not passed the reproductive age during radiographic procedure in which the gonads are in the useful beam, unless the shield would interfere with the diagnostic procedure.

          Protective equipment including aprons, gloves, and shields shall be checked annually for defects, such as holes, cracks, and tears to assure reliability and integrity. A record of this test shall be made and maintained. If such defect is found, equipment shall be replaced or removed from service until repaired;

          Mechanical-holding devices shall be used when the technique permits. The individual holder shall be protected and no individual may be used routinely to hold film or patients. Written safety procedures shall indicate the requirements for selecting an individual to be a holder and the procedure the holder shall follow.

          Source: 26 SDR 96, effective January 23, 2000.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-21-4.1, 34-21-15.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-21-4.1, 34-21-15, 34-21-25.

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