Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management
The objective of the overall radiation safety program is to ensure a safe working environment for faculty, staff and students who may work with either radioactive materials, ionizing radiation sources, non-ionizing radiation sources or lasers.
This is accomplished through comprehensive programs which include safety training, site inspections and periodic reviews for regulatory compliance in all program areas.
The individual programs consist of:
Ionizing Radiation Safety Program
The purpose of the Ionizing Radiation Safety Program is to ensure that radioactive materials and all sources of ionizing radiation are used safely at the University in compliance with all state and federal regulations.
This task is carried out by:
- Maintaining an inventory of all radioactive materials that come on campus;
- Regularly surveying all laboratories to ensure that adequate control is maintained of all radioactive materials;
- Conducting periodic training of all personnel who may reasonably come into contact with radioactive material or ionizing radiation;
- Ensuring that all radioactive waste is properly stored and disposed of.
Anyone who wishes to use radioactive materials or ionizing radiation at the University must obtain the required user and project authorizations. This may be done by contacting the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).
All radioactive material arriving on campus must be received and inspected by the RSO before it is released to the ordering party. The RSO should be notified in advance of all such orders.
In the event of an accidental release of radioactive material during regular business hours, IMMEDIATELY call the RSO. During non-business hours contact Campus Police by dialing 911 from a campus phone or 278-8400 from a cell phone - Campus Police will notify the RSO. The RSO will assist the user in containing the material and conducting any necessary decontamination procedures.
For assistance or additional information, please contact Michael Burgess, RSO at 278-5365.
Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety Guidelines
The non-ionizing radiation safety guidelines are made available to the campus community to provide information to concerned individuals about how to recognize if non-ionizing radiation may be present and what form it is in; what the potential effects of exposure to various types of non-ionizing radiation may be; and finally what steps may be taken in order to reduce exposure to non-ionizing radiation.
For assistance or additional information, please contact the campus RSO by calling 278.7422.
The Laser Safety Program is intended to provide for University employees, students and visitors who use lasers with a safe laser use environment. This task is carried out by:
- Registering and classifying all lasers to determine their specific safety requirements;
- Providing training for all individuals who work with or who routinely come in contact with lasers; and
- Conduct periodic safety inspections in the laser laboratories.
Anyone who wishes to use a laser may be required to submit a laser registration form, conduct a laser safety evaluation and complete any required laser safety training; depending on the classification of the laser being used. These requirements may be satisfied through the assistance of the campus Laser Safety Officer (LSO).
In the event of an emergency involving the use of lasers, the LSO and/or the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management (EHS/RM) must be notified immediately. Laser emergency response procedures are available from EHS/RM.
For assistance or additional information please contact the main office at 559.278.7422.