Mike Swinburn Achieves UKHSA Accreditation Extending ARPS Monitor Services

7 July 2023

We are pleased to announce that our Laboratory Technician Mike Swinburn has achieved accreditation in the Selection, Use and Testing of Radiological Protection Instrumentation by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). This achievement means we can now manage more of our radiation monitor services in-house including radiation monitor purchase, hire, calibration, repair and maintenance services

In 2019, Mike became a Laboratory Technician in the Aberdeen Radiation Protection Services (ARPS) team. Before this role, he worked as a formation damage technician for six years. Mike holds a Biology degree from Aberdeen University. In his previous position, he conducted tests on core plugs using various application fluids to determine changes in permeability and porosity. These fluids included different formulated mud types, injection waters, and acid treatments. Mike also gained expertise in specialised techniques within the Special Core Analysis Laboratory, such as Mercury Injection Capillary Pressure (MICP) and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), which involved constructing Injection Polymers.

Since joining ARPS, Mike has dedicated himself to enhancing the management of radiation monitors and sample analysis services provided by the organisation.

“Since joining ARPS in 2019, my career development has been supported with resources and training to allow myself, and the Group to develop and expand the services provided for our clients. My most recent accreditation from UKHSA in Selection, Use and Testing of Radiological Protection Instrumentation is a good example of training provided to support and bolster the monitor services we provide.”

- Mike Swinburn, Laboratory Technician, Aberdeen Radiation Protection Services.


About UK Health Security Agency

The UK Health Security Agency is a research-active organisation. Its research endeavours contribute to and bolster public health policy, practices, and services by translating findings into innovative solutions. The primary responsibility of the UKHSA is to safeguard all individuals within the UK's communities against the consequences of infectious diseases, as well as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents, along with other health threats.

As part of their commitment to safeguarding people and the environment against various hazardous risks, the UKHSA conducts research to enhance our understanding of protection against radiation risks. They offer services and training to a wide range of professionals and organizations involved in radiation protection.

The UKHSA provides a comprehensive selection of professional-level courses designed for graduates and individuals interested in pursuing a career in radiation protection. These courses also cater to those already working in the field who seek to advance their professional development. The training options include the Radiological Protection Training Scheme and a variety of other courses covering essential scientific, technical, and regulatory aspects.


About Aberdeen Radiation Protection Services

Acquired by Lucion in December 2021 Aberdeen Radiation Protection Services Limited (ARPS) was founded in 2001 and provides a full radiation protection service to a wide range of sectors including research institutes, technical service companies, medical facilities, and oil and gas operators.

Specialists in providing Radiation Protection Advice, Radioactive Waste Advice, Dangerous Goods Safety Advice and an extensive range of Radiation Training to customers in the Energy sector, ARPS also serves the waste management industry including Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) decontamination and final disposal sites, vets, teaching/research faculties, and local authorities. 



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For further information about our Radiation Protection Advice and Services, contact our team by clicking ‘Make An Enquiry’ or contact us using the below details:

T: 01224 749784 - Office number Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm

T: 01224 518020 - Out of hours number

E: arps@aberdeenradiation.co.uk



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