Safety, Cleaning & Storage Tips

EXTENDING APRON LIFESPAN

The following is a quick informative tick list for your lead aprons and protective apparel. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us.

 

IMMEDIATELY AFTER RECEIPT

  • Inspect your products immediately to ensure that the materials are free of defects.
    • Notification of defects is required within 14 days.

 

ONGOING INSPECTIONS

  • Annual inspections are recommended; here are some issues to look for:
    • Tears and holes located within eight inches of the vertical center line
      • These are critical and should be evaluated by your Health Physicist department for acceptability
      • Products with tears or holes that exceed your facility’s acceptance criteria should be removed from service
    • Buckles, Velcro, and straps position the products for proper coverage
    • Broken or damaged features that prohibit the correct positioning of the product should be repaired, or the apron removed from service

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Burlington Medical products do not provide complete user protection — they attenuate X-ray energy to proportionate levels based upon the lead equivalency of the protective material.
  • Risk and limits of use must be determined by the Radiation Safety Officer (or corresponding authority) at your facility.
  • Protection levels for each product are typically 0.25mm, 0.35mm, or 0.50mm (+/- 5%) lead equivalency.
  • Each product is provided with permanent labels stating the protection level of the product.
  • Protection levels are determined by testing in accordance with ASTM Standard ASTM 2547-06(2013) & IEC 61331-1:2014.

CLEANING YOUR APRON AND PROTECTIVE APPAREL

  • Most dirt and water-soluble stains, including blood, body fluids, and barium contrast media can be removed using mild household dishwashing liquid-type soaps/detergents diluted in cold water and a soft bristle brush.
  • Rinse with water and hang to dry.
  • Quaternary ammonium cleaners/disinfectants (QATS) such as DisCide and Sani Cloth may also be used.
  • Avoid using petroleum-based cleaning solvents or solutions containing bleach.
  • Test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area.
  • Do not machine wash or machine dry.

STORING YOUR APRON AND PROTECTIVE APPAREL

  • When your apron is not in use, hang it by the shoulders, use the straps, or place it on an apron hanger.
  • Avoid folding or stacking aprons.
  • Avoid sitting while wearing an apron.
  • Do not store your apron in extreme temperatures.