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Bureau of Radiological Health

Angela Leek
Bureau Chief
Lucas State Office Bldg
5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-3478

The mission of the Bureau of Radiological Health programs is to protect Iowans from excessive exposure to radiation. Each year, Iowans are exposed to an average of 300 millirem of natural radiation and 60 millirem of manmade radiation. The Bureau functions under legislative mandates found in the Iowa Code, Chapters 136B, C and D.

Program activities include:

  • licensing of facilities using radioactive materials;
  • registration of facilities using radiation-producing machines or operating tanning units;
  • inspection of facilities using radioactive materials;
  • credentialing of persons using radioactive material or operating radiation-emitting machines;
  • approval of training courses and continuing education; and
  • emergency response as it relates to radioactive materials and nuclear power plant incidents.

Thank you for all of the comments regarding the proposed revisions to Chapter 42 rules. Each comment was thoroughly reviewed and reflected on the document titled, "Public Comment ARC 0381C Chapter 42". The revised rules with the preamble outlining the changes that were incorporated after the comments were reviewed can be found in the document titled, "ARC 0381C - 641 Chapter 42 revised post comments".

Both of these documents will be presented to the Board of Health on January 9, 2012. Information regarding this meeting can be found at click on "Board of Health Agenda and Minutes". As of 12/28/2012, the agenda for the January meeting has not been posted. We anticipate that this page will be updated soon.

For all matters involving Mammogaphy, please go to the Mammography website

Links to programs within the Bureau of Radiological Health:


How to get to the website to print off Iowa Rules

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