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Radioactive Material User Training

by schmidy last modified Jan 14, 2009 01:21 PM


Training for all users of radioactive material is mandatory


Classroom Training - The Radiation Safety Office (RSO) conducts monthly training regarding the safe use and disposal of radioactive material. The course is offered on the second Thursday of each month, from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Check the DEHS calendar for course location. Call 852-5231 to register.

This classroom training includes:

  1. Theory of interactions of matter
  2. Radiobiology
  3. Distance, shielding, and contamination control
  4. Safe practices in the laboratory
    • Contamination detection
    • Contamination control
  5. Emergency Procedures
    • Spills
    • Injuries
  6. Pregnancy policy
  7. Hands-on demonstration and exercises
  8. Documentation


Completion of On-line Refresher Training is required annually.


Lab-specific Training - In addition to classroom training, the Authorized User is responsible for assuring that his/her radiation workers have received adequate instruction in radiation safety principles applicable to specific practices of that particular laboratory. All personnel working with radioactive materials shall be thoroughly instructed in safe handling methods and radiation safety principles. The laboratory supervisor shall instruct employees in specific procedures and protocols applicable to the specific operations employed in the laboratory. Instructions should continue with on-the-job-training. It should be noted that many handling and radiation safety procedures pertain to circumstances in a particular lab or institution; therefore, it may not be assumed that instruction has necessarily been adequately provided by prior occupational training, board certification, etc.

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