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The Radiation Protection Regulation requires the registration of x-ray equipment and certain types of lasers by owners. The inspection and registration of radiation equipment is administered by Authorized Radiation Protection Agencies (Agency) and Authorized Radiation Health Administrative Organizations (Organization).

The authority for Radiation Health Administrative Organizations and Radiation Protection Agencies to perform these powers, duties and functions is delegated by the Alberta Radiation Health Administration Regulation.

Certain professional colleges, associations and academic institutions have agreed to issue registration certificates for radiation equipment on behalf of Alberta Labour. Besides issuing registration certificates, these Organizations can carry out investigations and issue written directives to protect workers and/or the public.

Please be advised that effective September 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM the University of Calgary will no longer be registering the following designated radiation equipment:


  • Diagnostic or therapeutic x-ray equipment
  • Computed tomography equipment
  • Particle accelerators
  • Cabinet x-ray equipment
  • Analytical x-ray equipment
  • Baggage inspection x-ray equipment
  • Security x-ray equipment
  • Industrial x-ray equipment
  • Irradiation x-ray equipment
  • Class 3B and 4 lasers

Installed or operated within the following facilities:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Correctional
  • Entertainment
  • Other health related facilities

The University of Calgary will continue to register designated radiation equipment installed or operated within non-medical facilities owned or operated by the University of Calgary.

In order to obtain a registration certificate, radiation facilities and equipment need to be inspected and tested.  Check the list of Agencies to determine the types of equipment and facilities the Agencies are authorized to inspect.  Agencies contract directly with the owners of the radiation equipment and are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Radiation Protection Act and Regulation.  Organizations will not issue registration certificates without a compliance verification report from an Agency.

Authorized Radiation Health Administrative Organization


Alberta Labour is pleased to introduce the Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) as our newest Authorized Radiation Health Administration Organization. The AASP will assume the responsibility for registering the above listed designated radiation equipment effective September 3, 2013.  Their contact information is as follows:

Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships
5308 – 48 Ave
Taber, Alberta  T1G 1S2

Registrar - Radiation Health: Lanny Wilson
CEO/Founder:Carol L. Ross, CHSC
Executive Director:Jodi Stoddart

Telephone – Radiation Direct Line:    587-273-1634
               – Main Office:                   403-223-9008
Fax: 403-223-5810

Radiation Equipment Requiring a Registration Certificate


The following items of radiation equipment are designated as requiring a registration certificate in accordance with this Part unless they are in transit, in storage or incapable of being energized:

(a)  diagnostic or therapeutic x-ray equipment used by medical, dental, chiropractic, veterinary or other health professionals; 
(b)  particle accelerators not governed by the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (Canada) and the regulations under that Act; 
(c)  baggage inspection x-ray equipment; 
(d)  security x-ray equipment; 
(e)  cabinet x-ray equipment; 
(f)   diffraction and analytical x-ray equipment; 
(g)  industrial x-ray equipment; 
(h)  irradiation x-ray equipment; 
(i)   class 3b or 4 lasers or a laser system containing a class 3b or 4 laser as described in ANSI Standard Z136.1?2008, "American National Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers" published by the American National Standards Institute.


Additionally, Handheld x-ray fluorescence analyzers (portable x-ray tubes) used for positive material identification of alloys and metals have an open beam x-ray design.  If not used properly, they are capable of delivering a substantial radiation dose to the operator. Operators of this equipment must be certified through the Canadian Non-Destructive Testing Personnel Certification Program administered by Natural Resources Canada.  Proof of this certification is required for provincial registration of these analyzers.