x-ray aprons hanging on the lead apron rack

Protect Your Lead Aprons: A Guide to Proper Storage of Radiation Protection Apparel

Lead aprons are vital pieces of personal radiation protective equipment, ensuring the safety of healthcare professionals during various medical procedures that involves x-rays such as in interventional radiology, cardiology, medical imaging, dental X-rays, operating theatres, and many more.  However, the effectiveness of lead aprons in shielding individuals from harmful ionising radiation relies heavily on proper handling and storage practices.  

This article delves into the essential aspects of lead apron racks and storage, providing answers to frequently asked questions and best practices for keeping your staff and equipment protected.

1. Why is Proper Storage of Lead Aprons so Important?

Storing lead aprons haphazardly can lead to several detrimental consequences. Lead aprons are designed for both protection and flexibility, but they are not invincible. The inner protection materials (e.g. traditional lead, lead composites and lead-free materials) integral to their shielding capabilities, are susceptible to damage if subjected to prolonged folding or creasing. These imperfections may compromise the apron’s structural integrity, posing risks of harmful radiation exposure during medical procedures. Additionally, exposure to extreme temperatures, or corrosive materials can damage the inner protection materials or the outer fabric.

Investing in proper apron storage solutions like lead apron racks not only protects your investment in these crucial PPE but also:

Ensures Optimal Protection for the Wearer: Placing Lead aprons on dedicated apron racks, eliminates unnecessary stress, prevents unintended creases, maintains the structural integrity of the inner protection materials, and therefore increase the long-term effectiveness of your radiation protection gear.

Prolongs the Lifespan of X-Ray Aprons: Careful storage helps prevent damage due to folding, creasing, or exposure to harsh environments, ultimately prolonging the aprons’ lifespan.

Saves Time by improving Accessibility and Organisation: Having designated storage locations through racks makes retrieval of lead aprons easier and faster, promoting efficiency and streamlining workflows.

2. Exploring Different Types of Lead Apron Racks

Now that we understand the significance of proper storage, let’s explore the various types of lead apron racks available:

Versatility with Mobile Lead Apron Racks

Adapting to the dynamic needs of healthcare facilities, mobile apron racks offer versatility and convenience. Equipped with hangers that distribute weight evenly, these racks facilitate easy movement of apron inventory around the facility. This not only ensures accessibility but also contributes to maintaining the storage conditions necessary for protecting the aprons.

They are available for holding different apron types, such as vests and skirts and/ or one-piece aprons like wraparound and front lead aprons.

Wall-Mounted Lead Apron Racks for Compact Areas

These space-saving options are ideal for areas with limited floor space. These racks are usually fixed to a wall and come in various designs with hooks, pegs, or slots for hanging aprons.

Combination Racks

These versatile racks provide storage for both lead aprons and other protective equipment like lead glasses, thyroid collars, or gloves, offering a complete and centralised storage solution. Learn more about add-on options for AmRay’s Mobile Hangers.

3. Choosing the Right Lead Apron Rack

With various apron rack options available, selecting the most suitable one for your needs requires careful consideration of several factors:

Number of Aprons

Choose an apron rack with sufficient capacity to accommodate the total number of aprons you need to store. Overcrowding racks can damage the aprons and compromise their effectiveness.

Type of Aprons

It is important to look at the right type of apron rack to efficiently protect and store vest and skirt, wraparound and front aprons. There are different kind of racks for different apron types.

Space Availability

Evaluate your available space. If floor space is limited, wall-mounted options are ideal. Mobile racks are preferable if frequent movement of the aprons is necessary.


Determine your budget and prioritise functionality over unnecessary features. Lead apron racks range in price depending on material, size, and features. They may be expensive initially, but they last you a long time.

Facility Needs

Consider your specific workflow and the frequency of apron usage. Mobile racks might be beneficial in high-traffic areas, while wall-mounted racks suffice in low-use locations.

Medical Area

Consider apron racks that can be customised with optional extras like an eyewear kit to store lead glasses which are essential to use in interventional settings, or baskets to store shin guards and lead caps.

4. Optimising Lead Apron Storage

Once you have the right apron rack, follow these best practices for optimal lead apron storage:

Hanging Techniques: Avoid folding or creasing the aprons. Hang them evenly over the rack’s supports or pegs to distribute the weight evenly.

Location: Store aprons in a well-ventilated, temperature-controlled area away from direct sunlight and harsh chemicals. Extreme temperatures and sunlight can damage the lead lining and outer fabric.

Regular Inspections: Conduct regular visual inspections of the aprons for signs of damage like cracks, tears, or worn spots and document them in the hospital’s inventory management system like A-Track. Consult the manufacturer’s recommendations for the inspection frequency and consider professional inspections as needed.

5. Additional Considerations

What Materials are Lead Apron Racks Made of?

Lead apron racks are typically made of durable materials like stainless or powder-coated steel or chrome to support the weight of the aprons and withstand everyday use. If the apron racks are located in Operating or Hybrid Theatres, stainless steel apron racks are most suitable for hygienic purposes.

What are the Weight Limits?

Always check the manufacturer’s weight limit specifications for chosen racks and avoid overloading them as lead aprons can be heavy depending on the inner protection materials used.

Where Can I Purchase Lead Apron Racks?

Reputable radiation protection equipment manufacturers and their distribution network, as well as online retailers offer a variety of lead apron rack options.

Amray Medical offers a comprehensive range of quality mobile and wall-mounted lead apron racks that can be customised with optional extras to suit the needs of your medical facility, may it be small or large. 

If you have any questions about Amray’s apron racks in general, please feel free to contact us.


Safeguarding your investment in radiation protection aprons goes beyond mere compliance; it requires a strategic and thoughtful approach to storage. Understanding the vulnerabilities of lead aprons, conducting regular inspections, and investing in specialised storage solutions are key elements in ensuring their longevity. 

By adopting these practices, healthcare facilities can not only meet regulatory standards but also enhance the safety of their staff and patients while maximising the return on their investment in radiation protection gear.

About AmRay Medical

AmRay Medical is your trusted expert in personalised radiation protection with over three decades of experience. We offer a large range of comfortable and durable high-quality lead aprons, radiation protection accessories, versatile lead apron racks for efficient garment storage, various lead shielding equipment to meet the needs of every healthcare facility.