STEP 1 - Complete necessary training
STEP 2 - Complete appropriate application
STEP 3 - Receive approval letter from EHS/Radiation Safety Committee
For the medical use of radioactive material, please see Medical Use of Radioactive Material.
Training Requirements for Individuals Working with or in the Vicinity of Sources of Radiation
State regulations require that all individuals working with, as well as in the vicinity of licensed material or radiation producing equipment, must have adequate training and experience. Basic radiation safety training must be provided by the licensee (represented by Environmental Health & Safety).
Good training is the key to reducing and maintaining low exposures to individuals. Training allows an individual to make informed decisions regarding the acceptance of risk as part of his or her job and to use protective methods that will keep doses As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA), thus minimizing risks.
The following individuals must receive radiation safety instruction:
All users must successfully pass an examination administered at UVA on radiation safety principles and practices.
You must receive instruction:
Records of your training must be maintained and must include the date of the instruction or training, name of those receiving instruction and name of the instructor.
Individuals who have not completed training are not allowed to work independently with radioactive material. They may, however, work under the direct supervision of their Principal Investigator or Qualified User until they have completed their training requirements.
Individuals with no previous experience working with radioactive material, must satisfactorily complete the following.
Individuals with previous experience, requirements.
The Radiation Safety Training Course may be waived at the sole discretion of the RSO, or the Alternate RSO, based on the following:
The RSO is not bound to accept previous training even upon satisfactory evidence that a previous course was completed. Reasons for not waiving attendance at the UVA RSTC may be that the earlier training was not of sufficient scope or was over 7 years in the past.
Other individuals who may require training
Ancillary personnel such as housekeeping staff, dishwashers, etc. may require radiation safety training under certain conditions. Individuals working with blood bank irradiators or other special sources may require specialized training. EHS provides customized training for these groups of individuals. Please contact EHS for further information if you think you fall into this category.
Before an individual can become authorized for use, they must register with Environmental Health & Safety (434-982-4911) and complete an application (form) for use. These applications are available below.
You must return your completed application (form) to our office for review and approval!
Environmental Health & Safety will review all applications for completeness and ensure that the necessary training requirements have been met. The RSO and/or RSC must approve all applications.
Upon approval of your application, you will receive a letter from the Chairman of the RSC authorizing you to work with radioactive material or radiation producing equipment at the University of Virginia. You are encouraged to use Environmental & Safety as a resource. If you have any questions regarding the use of radioactive material or radiation producing equipment, please feel free to contact our office at 434-982-4911.