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The Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiation Control Program, has the important mission to protect and promote the physical and environmental health of the people of Texas. We strive to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure to the public through effective licensing, registration, inspection, enforcement, and emergency response.


Important Notice for Licensees Subject to Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material (formerly Increased Controls)


Contact Information


24 Hour Radiological Emergency Assistance
NOTICE: FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY
>>>>>> (512) 458-7460 <<<<<<

Use for Reporting Incidents, Emergencies, and Accidents Involving:

  • Radioactive Materials
  • Radiation Producing Machines
  • Vehicles, or Packages Marked "Radioactive" or "Caution Radioactive"

Non-Emergency Contacts

Email: PSQARAD@dshs.state.tx.us
Phone: (512) 834-6770 ext. 2843
Fax: (512) 834-6708

Rules and Regulations

Email: PSQARad@dshs.state.tx.us
Phone: (512) 834-6770 ext. 2843
Fax: (512) 834-6708

Enforcement

Phone: (512) 834-6665
Fax: (512) 834-6625

Inspections

X-Ray and Laser Machine Inspections
Email: RadiationXRayInspections@dshs.state.tx.us
Phone: (512) 834-6770 ext. 2812
Fax: (512) 834-6654

Radioactive Materials Inspections
Phone: (512) 834-6770 ext. 2000
Fax: (512) 834-6654

Mammography Inspections
Phone: (512) 834-6770 ext. 2037
Fax: (512) 834-6622

Licensing and Registration

Radioactive Material (RAM) Licensing
Email: RAMLicensing@dshs.state.tx.us
Phone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2861
Fax: (512) 834-6690

X-Ray, Mammography, and Laser Registration
Phone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2225
Fax: (512) 834-6716 and (512) 834-6717

Licensing Fees
Email: RadiationFeesandRecords@dshs.state.tx.us
Phone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2052
Fax: (512) 834-6717


Mailing Addresses

For All Mail Containing Money

Radiation Control Program MC 2003
Texas Department of State Health Services 
P. O. Box 149347 
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Policy, Standards and Quality Assurance

Radiation Control Program MC 1987 
Texas Department of State Health Services 
P. O. Box 149347 
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Enforcement

Radiation Control Program MC 7927 
Texas Department of State Health Services 
P. O. Box 149347 
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Inspections

Radiation Control Program MC 1986 
Texas Department of State Health Services 
P. O. Box 149347 
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Licensing

Radiation Control Program MC 2835 
Texas Department of State Health Services 
P. O. Box 149347 
Austin, Texas 78714-9347


Physical Address

We only receive special service deliveries, such as UPS or Federal Express, at this address. 
DO NOT SEND MONEY TO THIS ADDRESS

Department of State Health Services
Radiation Safety Licensing Branch
8407 Wall Street
Austin, Texas 78754


If you have questions about Ultrasound, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), or other medical devices that do not use radiation or radioactive materials, please contact the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group at (512) 834-6676.


Applications and Forms


Notice to Employees

Document Number Title
RC 203-1 Notice to Employees
RC 232-1 Notice to Employees (Dentists Only)
RC 233-2 Notice to Employees (Vets Only)

Licensing Reciprocity

Document Number Title
RC 252-3 Notice of Intent to Work in Texas Under Reciprocity 
Submit via FAX ONLY. Please review the “Sensitive Information” notice on the form.

X-Ray Machines

Document Number Title
LRS-35 Additional Information for Accelerator Registration, Includes Shielding Form 
RC 17-R Request for Registration Termination
RC 18-R Radiation Machine Transfer/Disposal Form
RC 42-3 Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Information for Registration 
RC 42-4 Industrial Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Form
RC 42-5 Industrial Radiography (IR/NDT) Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Form
RC 204 Schedule of Biennial Fees for Registration for Radiation Machines
RC 226-1 Business Information Form - Registration
RC 226-2 Registration Application for Users of Radiation Machines in Healing Arts, Veterinary Medicine and Academic Facilities
RC 226-3 Registration Application for Industrial Radiation Machines

Instructions for RC 226-3 Registration Application
RC 226-5 Registration Application for Radiation Machine Services 

Instructions for RC 226-5 Registration Application
RC 226-8 Excerpt from 25 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Section 289.226(g). Mobile Service Operation
RC 226-9 Authorization for Self-Referred CT Coronary Calcium Screening
RC 226-10 Healing Arts Screening Requirements for Osteoporosis
RC 226-11 Authorization for Self-Referred Low Dosage CT Lung Cancer Screening

Equipment Performance Evaluation

Please contact Jerry Cogburn via email or telephone at (512) 834-6770 ext. 2037, about any other inspection forms.

Document Number Title
EPEDent-1 Equipment Performance Evaluation, Dental Radiographic Unit
EPERad-1 Equipment Performance Evaluation, Radiographic Unit
EPEVet-1 Veterinary Equipment Performance Evaluation

Industrial Radiographer Certification

Document Number Title
2016 Exam Schedule 2016 Industrial Radiography Examination Schedule
2015 Exam Schedule 2015 Industrial Radiography Examination Schedule
RC IR-1 Industrial Radiographer Replacement ID Card Application
Instructions for Industrial Radiographer Replacement ID Card Application
RC IR-2 Industrial Radiographer Second Certification ID Card Procedures
RC 255-1 Request for Disability Accommodation for IR Exam 
RC 255-3 Application for Industrial Radiographer Exam
RC 255-C Accepted Radiation Safety Training Courses
RC 255-E Trainee Qualification Form
RC 255-OS Radiographer Qualification - OJT (Years)
RC 255-R Radiographer Qualification - OJT (Hours)
RC 255-RC Radiographer Reciprocity Qualification
RC 255-T Trainer Qualification

Laser Registration

Document Number Title
RC 17-L Termination of Laser Registration
RC 18-L Laser Transfer/Disposal Form
RC 42-L Laser Safety Officer (LSO) Information
RC 226-1 Business Information Form - Registration
RC 301-2 Application for Lasers
RC 301-3 Written Notice for Laser Light Show in Texas
RC 301-4 Registration Application for Laser Services

Laser Hair Removal

Document Number Title
RC 302-2 Application for Laser Hair Removal Certifying Entities
RC 302-3 Registration Application for Laser Hair Removal Training Programs
RC 302-4 Registration Application for Laser Hair Removal Facility
RC 302-5 Registration Application for Laser Hair Removal Apprentice in Training
RC 302-6 Registration Application for Laser Hair Removal Technician
RC 302-7 Registration Application for Laser Hair Removal Senior Technician
RC 302-8 Registration Application for Laser Hair Removal Professional
None Confidentiality of Contract between LHR Facility and Consulting Physician
None Sample Consulting Physician Contract 

Radioactive Materials

Document Number Title
CI-40 General License Acknowledgement Self-Evaluation Form 
RC 251-2 General License Acknowledgement of Devices Containing Radioactive Material
RC 252-1 Business Information Form - License 
RC 252-2 Radioactive Material License 
RC 252-2a Radioactive Material License -- Medical Uses 
RC 252-2b Preceptor Statement for License Application -- Medical 

Mammography

Please contact Jo Turkette via email about other Mammography forms, or telephone (512) 834-6688.

Document Number Title
RC 17-M Termination of Certification of Mammography Systems 
RC 18-M Mammography Machine Transfer/Disposal Form
RC 230-1 Application for Mammography Certification - New Facility or Renewal
RC 230-2 Amendment Application for Mammography Certification 
RC 230-3 Application for Interventional Breast Radiography - New Facility or Renewal
RC 230-4 Amendment Application for Interventional Breast Radiography 
RC 230-43 Lead interpreting Physician (LIP) Form 
RC 230 234 - 1 New Facility Invoice
None Acceptable Documents for Interpreting Physicians 
None Acceptable Documents for Medical Physicists 
None Acceptable Documents for Radiologic Technologists 

Laws and Rules

Texas Laws - Health and Safety Code

Statute Title
Chapter 401 Radioactive Materials and Other Sources of Radiation

Rules and Regulations - Title 25, Texas Administrative Code

Rule Title
§289.101 Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Regarding Radiation Control Functions
§289.102 Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of State Health Services and the Railroad Commission of Texas Regarding Radiation Control Functions
§289.130 Radiation Advisory Board
§289.201  General Provisions for Radioactive Material
§289.202 Standards for Protection Against Radiation from Radioactive Material
§289.202(ggg)(2)(F) DAC and ALI Table (Figure)
§289.202(ggg)(3)-(9) Appendices to §289.202 Regarding RAM Labeling, Waste Disposal, Record Keeping, and Surface Contamination Levels
RC Form 202-2 
“Cumulative Occupational Exposure History” RC Form 202-2
RC Form 202-3 “Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period” RC Form 202-3
§289.202(hhh) Requirements for Nationally Tracked Sources
§289.203 Notices, Instructions, and Reports To Workers; Inspections
RC Form 203-1 "Notice to Employees" RC Form 203-1 (standalone document)
§289.204 Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services
§289.205 Hearing and Enforcement Procedures
§289.226 Registration of Radiation Machine Use and Services
§289.227 Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts 
See Note 289.227
§289.227 - FAQs Questions and Answers - 25 TAC §289.227, Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts
§289.228 Radiation Safety Requirements for Analytical and Other Industrial Radiation Machines
§289.229 Radiation Safety Requirements for Accelerators, Therapeutic Radiation Machines, Simulators, and Electronic Brachytherapy Devices
§289.230 Certification of Mammography Systems and Mammography Machines Used for Interventional Breast Radiography
§289.231 General Provisions and Standards for Protection Against Machine-Produced Radiation
§289.232 Radiation Control Regulations for Dental Radiation Machines
§289.232(i)(5)(B)(iii) "Notice to Employees" RC Form 232-1 (for Dentists only)
§289.233 Radiation Control Regulations for Radiation Machines Used in Veterinary Medicine
§289.233(i)(3)(F)(vii) "Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period" RC Form 233-1 (for Veterinarians Only)
§289.233(i)(4)(B)(iii) "Notice to Employees" RC Form 233-2 (for Veterinarians Only)
§289.234 Mammography Accreditation
§289.251 Exemptions, General Licenses, and General Licenses Acknowledgements
§289.252 Licensing of Radioactive Material
§289.253 Radiation Safety Requirements for Well Logging Service Operations and Tracer Studies
§289.255 Radiation Safety Requirements and Licensing and Registration Procedures for Industrial Radiography
§289.256 Medical and Veterinary Use of Radioactive Material
§289.257 Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material
§289.258 Licensing and Radiation Safety Requirements for Irradiators
§289.259 Licensing of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)
§289.301 Registration and Radiation Safety Requirements for Lasers and Intense-Pulsed Light Devices
§289.302 Registration and Radiation Safety Requirements for Use of Laser Hair Removal Devices
§289.302(hh)(3) “Notice to Employees” RC Form 302-1 (Laser Hair Removal Only)

Notes Regarding Specific Rules

§289.227 - View the DSHS letter sent to registrants and other interested parties:


Fees

Title 25, Texas Administrative Code

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Rule Title
§289.204 (HTML)
Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services
(PDF) Online Payment Instructions
(PDF) Laser Hair Removal Online Payment Instructions

Radiation Fees FAQs


1. Can a new applicant pay for fees by credit card?

No. We cannot accept online payments for new applications. The online licensing system will only allow for payment of biennial fees.

2. Can I pay radiation fees by phone?

No, we cannot process any payments by phone.

3. Why did I receive a bill when my license/registration certificate shows a different expiration date on it? Do I still need to pay this?

Your expiration date on your license/registration certificate denotes a technical expiration date. This is a date set in the future when you will need to submit all newly updated forms and the appropriate updated procedures for the (Radiation Safety Licensing Branch) RSLB to issue a renewed license/certificate for your radiation program, or else your license/certificate will expire. Those license/certificates with dates issued on them are usually for 8 years, and even to up to 10 years into the future. In the interim time, the fee rules state in 25 TAC 289.204 that you will be invoiced every 2 years for the appropriate fees RSLB assess for your company. So, yes, you need to pay these fees to keep your license in good standing with the RSLB.

4. I have found an error on the invoice, what should I do?

Please contact the Radiation Safety Licensing Branch (RSLB) at (512) 834-6688 ext. 2052 and let us know of the discrepancy. We will try to assist you as best we can, or inform you of the appropriate steps needed to get this corrected. (Remember, if RSLB was never notified in writing with appropriate signatures that you have closed a site or removed equipment, accounting can’t remove the fees right away. That requires an amendment to your license/certificate.)

5. I received a bill in the mail, but I closed/sold my practice/business. What do I do now?

Please contact the agency for termination instructions at (512) 834-6688.

6. Will I receive a receipt that I have paid this fee?

If you pay the fee online, you will be able to print out a receipt of payment. Otherwise, any other payment will not receive a receipt.

7. What Radiation fees can only be paid by check or money order?

There are some radiation fees that can only be paid by check or money order. These are usually fees that are semi-reoccurring, or are fees billed for as services are rendered. These fees include:

  • Mammography Accreditation Fees
  • Reciprocity Licenses/Registrants Fees
  • Sealed Source and Device – all fees associated
  • Fixed Nuclear Facility Fees – all fees associated
  • Waste Shipper Fees

Special Message for Military Personnel, Spouses, and Veterans

The State of Texas recognizes the contributions of our active duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, and Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, is spreading the word to military personnel, their spouses, and veterans about licenses they may be eligible for and that may assist them in their search for work.

Military personnel or veterans may have met some licensing requirements as a result of their military service or other training , knowledge, and experience. Military spouses of current, active duty military service members may also have met some licensing requirements related to this status. 

Military personnel , their spouses, and veterans who are interested in one of the occupations and would like additional information regarding requirements may contact us via the contact information below or by clicking on the desired occupation for program specific contact information and a link to the program rules.

While a military service member is deployed minimum requirements for license renewal may be modified.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to military service members, veterans, and their families for their dedicated service to the United States of America and to the State of Texas.



Open Records

The Public Information Act

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552 gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

Procedures to Obtain Information

Requests must be in writing. Please specify if you want copies or if you would like to review the original items.

Reasonably identify the records you are requesting:

  1. Name of the facility or name of person.
  2. Address of facility (to include: physical address, suite number, city and ZIP CODE)
  3. Specify what you want, i.e.: application, permit, permit number/identifying numbers, procedures, inspection.
  4. A time frame in which you need the requested information (i.e. 2002-2003 or inspection report dated October 7, 2003).

Radiation Control organizes its files by permit number and facility name. Providing this information will make it easier for us to quickly respond to your request. Be as specific as possible about the information you are seeking. If you need assistance identifying records maintained by the file room, you may contact:

For Inquiries or General Correspondence

Custodian of Records: Brinda Staton

Radiation Control Open Records MC 2835
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347 
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Phone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2202
Fax: (512) 834-6690
E-mail: Brinda Staton

For Mail Containing Money

Custodian of Records: Brinda Staton

Radiation Control Open Records MC 2003
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Your request should include your name, address, e-mail address (if you have one), daytime phone number and your fax number (if requesting a few pages, we may be able to fax the information to you).

Please be advised that there may be a charge for the information you are requesting.

Non-Releasable Information

Certain information may be confidential under the Texas Public Information Act, Tex. Government Code Ann. Chapter 552. For instance, any complaints and/or investigative information involving hospitals on or after August 30, 1999, may be confidential and not releasable under the Public Information Act and the Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. Section 241.051(d).

If you request information that is not releasable or non-existent, you will be informed.

Rights of Requestors

You have the right to:

  • Prompt access to information that is not confidential or otherwise protected;
  • Receive treatment equal to all other requestors, including accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements;
  • Receive certain kinds of information without exceptions, like the voting record of public officials, and other information;
  • Receive a written statement of estimated charges, when charges will exceed $40, in advance of work being started and opportunity to modify the request in response to the itemized statement;
  • Choose whether to inspect the requested information (most often at no charge), receive copies of the information or both;
  • A waiver or reduction of charges if the governmental body determines that access to the information primarily benefits the general public;
  • Receive a copy of the communication from the governmental body asking the Office of Attorney General for a ruling on whether the information can be withheld under one of the accepted exceptions, or if the communication discloses the requested information, a redacted copy;
  • Lodge a written complaint about overcharges for public information with the Texas Building and Procurement Commission. Complaints of other possible violations may be filed with the county or district attorney of the county where the governmental body, other than a state agency is located. If the complaint is against the county or district attorney, the complaint must be filed with the Office of Attorney General.

Responsibilities of Governmental Bodies

All governmental bodies responding to information requests have the responsibility to:

  • Establish reasonable procedures for inspecting or copying public information and inform requestors of these procedures;
  • Treat all requestors uniformly and shall give to the requestor all reasonable comfort and facility, including accommodation in accordance with ADA requirements;
  • Be informed about open records laws and educate employees on the requirements of those laws;
  • Inform requestors of the estimated charges greater than $40 and any changes in the estimates above 20 percent of the original estimate, and confirm that the requestor accepts the charges, or has amended the request, in writing before finalizing the request;
  • Inform the requestor if the information cannot be provided promptly and set a date and time to provide it within a reasonable time;
  • Request a ruling for the Office of Attorney General regarding any information the governmental body wishes to withhold, and send a copy of the request for ruling, or a redacted copy, to the requestor;
  • Segregate public information from information that may be withheld and provide that public information promptly;
  • Make a good faith attempt to inform third parties when their proprietary information is being requested from the governmental body;
  • Respond in writing to all written communications from the Texas Building and Procurement Commission regarding charges for the information. Respond to the Office of Attorney General regarding complaints about violations of the Act.

Additional Links and Resources Regarding Open Records


Complaint Process

The Incident Investigation Program responds to radiological incident reports, complaints, technical assistance requests, and close-out requests. For more information, please contact Robert.Free@dshs.state.tx.us.


Incidents

Loss of control of sources of radiation that causes, or threatens to cause, or creates a hazard to health and/or environment. 


Complaints

Allegations of unsafe or perceived unsafe conditions involving radiation.


Technical Assistance

Assistance provided to members of the public upon request to address radiological concerns.


Close-Outs

Verifications that facilities vacated by users of radioactive materials are not contaminated.


Laws and Rules

Texas Laws - Health and Safety Code

Statute Title
Chapter 401 Radioactive Materials and Other Sources of Radiation

Rules and Regulations - Title 25, Texas Administrative Code

§289.101 Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Regarding Radiation Control Functions
§289.102 Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of State Health Services and the Railroad Commission of Texas Regarding Radiation Control Functions
§289.130 Radiation Advisory Board
§289.201 General Provisions for Radioactive Material
§289.202 Standards for Protection Against Radiation from Radioactive Material
§289.202(ggg)(2)(F) DAC and ALI Table (Figure)
§289.202(ggg)(3)-(9) Appendices to §289.202 Regarding RAM Labeling, Waste Disposal, Record Keeping, and Surface Contamination Levels
RC Form 202-2 
“Cumulative Occupational Exposure History” RC Form 202-2
RC Form 202-3 
“Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period” RC Form 202-3
§289.202(hhh)
Requirements for Nationally Tracked Sources
§289.203 Notices, Instructions, and Reports To Workers; Inspections
RC Form 203-1 
"Notice to Employees" RC Form 203-1 (standalone document)
§289.204 Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services
§289.205 Hearing and Enforcement Procedures
§289.226 Registration of Radiation Machine Use and Services
§289.227 Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts 
See Note 289.227
§289.227 - FAQs 
Questions and Answers - 25 TAC §289.227, Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts
§289.228 Radiation Safety Requirements for Analytical and Other Industrial Radiation Machines
§289.229 Radiation Safety Requirements for Accelerators, Therapeutic Radiation Machines, Simulators, and Electronic Brachytherapy Devices
§289.230 Certification of Mammography Systems and Mammography Machines Used for Interventional Breast Radiography
§289.231 General Provisions and Standards for Protection Against Machine-Produced Radiation
§289.232 Radiation Control Regulations for Dental Radiation Machines
§289.232(i)(5)(B)(iii) "Notice to Employees" RC Form 232-1 (for Dentists only)
§289.233 Radiation Control Regulations for Radiation Machines Used in Veterinary Medicine
§289.233(i)(3)(F)(vii) "Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period" RC Form 233-1 (for Veterinarians Only)
§289.233(i)(4)(B)(iii) "Notice to Employees" RC Form 233-2 (for Veterinarians Only)
§289.234 Mammography Accreditation
§289.251 Exemptions, General Licenses, and General Licenses Acknowledgements
§289.252 Licensing of Radioactive Material
§289.253 Radiation Safety Requirements for Well Logging Service Operations and Tracer Studies
§289.255 Radiation Safety Requirements and Licensing and Registration Procedures for Industrial Radiography
§289.256 Medical and Veterinary Use of Radioactive Material
§289.257 Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material
§289.258 Licensing and Radiation Safety Requirements for Irradiators
§289.259 Licensing of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)
§289.301 Registration and Radiation Safety Requirements for Lasers and Intense-Pulsed Light Devices
§289.302 Registration and Radiation Safety Requirements for Use of Laser Hair Removal Devices
§289.302(hh)(3) “Notice to Employees” RC Form 302-1 (Laser Hair Removal Only)

Notes Regarding Specific Rules

§289.227 - View the DSHS letter sent to registrants and other interested parties:


Fees

Title 25, Texas Administrative Code

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§289.204 (HTML)
Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services  
(PDF) Online Payment Instructions  
(PDF) Laser Hair Removal Online Payment Instructions 

Radiation Fees FAQs


1. Can a new applicant pay for fees by credit card?

No. We cannot accept online payments for new applications. The online licensing system will only allow for payment of biennial fees.

2. Can I pay radiation fees by phone?

No, we cannot process any payments by phone.

3. Why did I receive a bill when my license/registration certificate shows a different expiration date on it? Do I still need to pay this?

Your expiration date on your license/registration certificate denotes a technical expiration date. This is a date set in the future when you will need to submit all newly updated forms and the appropriate updated procedures for the (Radiation Safety Licensing Branch) RSLB to issue a renewed license/certificate for your radiation program, or else your license/certificate will expire. Those license/certificates with dates issued on them are usually for 8 years, and even to up to 10 years into the future. In the interim time, the fee rules state in 25 TAC 289.204 that you will be invoiced every 2 years for the appropriate fees RSLB assess for your company. So, yes, you need to pay these fees to keep your license in good standing with the RSLB.

4. I have found an error on the invoice, what should I do?

Please contact the Radiation Safety Licensing Branch (RSLB) at (512) 834-6688 ext. 2052 and let us know of the discrepancy. We will try to assist you as best we can, or inform you of the appropriate steps needed to get this corrected. (Remember, if RSLB was never notified in writing with appropriate signatures that you have closed a site or removed equipment, accounting can’t remove the fees right away. That requires an amendment to your license/certificate.)

5. I received a bill in the mail, but I closed/sold my practice/business. What do I do now?

Please contact the agency for termination instructions at (512) 834-6688.

6. Will I receive a receipt that I have paid this fee?

If you pay the fee online, you will be able to print out a receipt of payment. Otherwise, any other payment will not receive a receipt.

7. What Radiation fees can only be paid by check or money order?

There are some radiation fees that can only be paid by check or money order. These are usually fees that are semi-reoccurring, or are fees billed for as services are rendered. These fees include:

  • Mammography Accreditation Fees
  • Reciprocity Licenses/Registrants Fees
  • Sealed Source and Device – all fees associated
  • Fixed Nuclear Facility Fees – all fees associated
  • Waste Shipper Fees

Special Message for Military Personnel, Spouses, and Veterans

The State of Texas recognizes the contributions of our active duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, and Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, is spreading the word to military personnel, their spouses, and veterans about licenses they may be eligible for and that may assist them in their search for work.

Military personnel or veterans may have met some licensing requirements as a result of their military service or other training , knowledge, and experience. Military spouses of current, active duty military service members may also have met some licensing requirements related to this status. 

Military personnel , their spouses, and veterans who are interested in one of the occupations and would like additional information regarding requirements may contact us via the contact information below or by clicking on the desired occupation for program specific contact information and a link to the program rules.

While a military service member is deployed minimum requirements for license renewal may be modified.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to military service members, veterans, and their families for their dedicated service to the United States of America and to the State of Texas.



Open Records

The Public Information Act

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552 gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

Procedures to Obtain Information

Requests must be in writing. Please specify if you want copies or if you would like to review the original items.

Reasonably identify the records you are requesting:

  1. Name of the facility or name of person.
  2. Address of facility (to include: physical address, suite number, city and ZIP CODE)
  3. Specify what you want, i.e.: application, permit, permit number/identifying numbers, procedures, inspection.
  4. A time frame in which you need the requested information (i.e. 2002-2003 or inspection report dated October 7, 2003).

Radiation Control organizes its files by permit number and facility name. Providing this information will make it easier for us to quickly respond to your request. Be as specific as possible about the information you are seeking. If you need assistance identifying records maintained by the file room, you may contact:

For Inquiries or General Correspondence

Custodian of Records: Brinda Staton

Radiation Control Open Records MC 2835
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347 
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Phone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2202
Fax: (512) 834-6690
E-mail: Brinda Staton

For Mail Containing Money

Custodian of Records: Brinda Staton

Radiation Control Open Records MC 2003
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Your request should include your name, address, e-mail address (if you have one), daytime phone number and your fax number (if requesting a few pages, we may be able to fax the information to you).

Please be advised that there may be a charge for the information you are requesting.

Non-Releasable Information

Certain information may be confidential under the Texas Public Information Act, Tex. Government Code Ann. Chapter 552. For instance, any complaints and/or investigative information involving hospitals on or after August 30, 1999, may be confidential and not releasable under the Public Information Act and the Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. Section 241.051(d).

If you request information that is not releasable or non-existent, you will be informed.

Rights of Requestors

You have the right to:

  • Prompt access to information that is not confidential or otherwise protected;
  • Receive treatment equal to all other requestors, including accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements;
  • Receive certain kinds of information without exceptions, like the voting record of public officials, and other information;
  • Receive a written statement of estimated charges, when charges will exceed $40, in advance of work being started and opportunity to modify the request in response to the itemized statement;
  • Choose whether to inspect the requested information (most often at no charge), receive copies of the information or both;
  • A waiver or reduction of charges if the governmental body determines that access to the information primarily benefits the general public;
  • Receive a copy of the communication from the governmental body asking the Office of Attorney General for a ruling on whether the information can be withheld under one of the accepted exceptions, or if the communication discloses the requested information, a redacted copy;
  • Lodge a written complaint about overcharges for public information with the Texas Building and Procurement Commission. Complaints of other possible violations may be filed with the county or district attorney of the county where the governmental body, other than a state agency is located. If the complaint is against the county or district attorney, the complaint must be filed with the Office of Attorney General.

Responsibilities of Governmental Bodies

All governmental bodies responding to information requests have the responsibility to:

  • Establish reasonable procedures for inspecting or copying public information and inform requestors of these procedures;
  • Treat all requestors uniformly and shall give to the requestor all reasonable comfort and facility, including accommodation in accordance with ADA requirements;
  • Be informed about open records laws and educate employees on the requirements of those laws;
  • Inform requestors of the estimated charges greater than $40 and any changes in the estimates above 20 percent of the original estimate, and confirm that the requestor accepts the charges, or has amended the request, in writing before finalizing the request;
  • Inform the requestor if the information cannot be provided promptly and set a date and time to provide it within a reasonable time;
  • Request a ruling for the Office of Attorney General regarding any information the governmental body wishes to withhold, and send a copy of the request for ruling, or a redacted copy, to the requestor;
  • Segregate public information from information that may be withheld and provide that public information promptly;
  • Make a good faith attempt to inform third parties when their proprietary information is being requested from the governmental body;
  • Respond in writing to all written communications from the Texas Building and Procurement Commission regarding charges for the information. Respond to the Office of Attorney General regarding complaints about violations of the Act.

Additional Links and Resources Regarding Open Records


Complaint Process

The Incident Investigation Program responds to radiological incident reports, complaints, technical assistance requests, and close-out requests. For more information, please contact Robert.Free@dshs.state.tx.us.

Incidents

Loss of control of sources of radiation that causes, or threatens to cause, or creates a hazard to health and/or environment. 

Complaints

Allegations of unsafe or perceived unsafe conditions involving radiation.


Technical Assistance

Assistance provided to members of the public upon request to address radiological concerns.


Close-Outs

Verifications that facilities vacated by users of radioactive materials are not contaminated.

Last Updated May 11, 2016

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