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
- Garments should be inspected upon receipt to ensure protective material is free of defects.
- Notification of defects is required within 14 days.
- Documented annual fluoroscopic inspections are recommended.
- Any defects in protective material should be reported to and evaluated by the facility’s Radiation Safety Officer.
- Garments with defects in protective material that exceed your facility’s acceptance criteria should be removed from service.
- Buckles, Velcro, and straps position the garments for proper coverage.
- Garments with broken or damaged features that prohibit correct positioning should be removed from service and repaired or replaced.
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 IEC 61331-1:2014 (BBG*), US ASTM – F2547-06(2013), IEC 61331-1:1994 (NBG).
CLEANING YOUR APRON AND PROTECTIVE APPAREL
- Burlington Medical recommends that facilities establish a documented, regular schedule of deep cleaning and disinfection of radiation protection garments to assist in mitigating the risk of pathogen transmission.
- Deep cleanings should be done by a professional x-ray garment cleaning company such as Radiological Care Services (RCS).
- Enhanced cleanings with peroxide-based (X-ray Apron Cleaner) or alcohol-based (DisCide) wipes help clean and eliminate surface organisms and should be performed between regularly scheduled deep cleanings.
- 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
- Radiation protection aprons should be hung by the shoulders or straps on an apron hanger.
- X-ray aprons should be rolled, not folded, when traveling.
- Avoid folding, stacking, or sitting while wearing aprons.
- Do not store in extreme temperatures.
- Proper use, cleaning, and storage of radiation protection garments directly affect their integrity.