The Radiation Safety Program’s primary objectives are to protect personnel and the general public from unwarranted radiation exposure, protect the environment by minimizing release of radioactive material in effluents, ensure compliance with all applicable State and Federal regulations and to monitor and advise in the safe use of radioactive materials and radiation producing equipment at the University of Virginia. The Radiation Safety Program is responsible for virtually all operational aspects of radiation safety at the University of Virginia.

The goals of the radiation safety program are:
- to ensure that use of radioactive material is properly managed,
- to provide for the safety of the user and the environment, and
- to be responsive to the needs of the University and the individual user.

Responsibilities and Services:

training personnel in the safe use of radioactive material

administering the personnel and environmental dosimetry program

procurement of all radioactive material

shipment and receipt of all radioactive material for the University

collecting, packaging, and disposing of all radioactive waste

performing routine laboratory inspections

commissioning and decommissioning of all radioactive material use areas

emergency response

providing information and advice to individuals who have questions about radiation

calibration of radiation survey instruments

UVA Policies applicable to Radiation Safety:

ID: SEC-004 - Disposal of Regulated (Hazardous) Materials

ID: VPRS-001 - Prohibition of Food and Drink in Research Laboratories

ID: SEC-010 - Radiation Protection during Pregnancy

ID: SEC-031 - Required Reporting of "Events" Involving Radiation Exposure or Radioactive Material

ID: SEC-009 - Utilization of Radioactive Materials

Lead Used for Radiation Shielding
Periodically during inspections of radioactive material use areas, we find "bare" lead bricks and other pieces of lead shielding. These items must be coated or painted in some manner to prevent the spread of lead dust due to oxidation and potential transfer of lead to individuals handling these materials with bare hands. If you are using lead for shielding and it is not "encapsulated", please contact radiation safety for assistance with encapsulation.

Do not dispose of lead in the regular trash or in radioactive or hazardous waste containers.

All disposal of lead should be through EHS.

Waste pickup & new container request - online form Log-in

Debby Steva
UVA Radiation Safety Officer, 434-982-4917
Michael Cohen
UVA Assistant Radiation Safety Officer
UVA Radiation Safety Security Officer, 434-982-4918
Mike Welling
UVA Health Physicist, 434-243-1167
Trevor Thomas
Radiation Safety Tech. Supervisor
Radioactive Material Buyer, 434-243-2438
Greg Payne
Radiation Safety Specialist, 434-982-4942
Tim Quesenberry
Radiation Dosimetry
Radiation Tech. Senior, 434-243-3010
Michael Myrsten
Radiation Safety Tech., 434-982-4919
Ginger Houchens
Administrative Generalist Supervisor
Radioactive Material Buyer, 434-982-4905
Kristen Crawford
Administrative Coordinator
Radioactive Material Buyer, 434-982-5069
Special Materials Handling Facility
515 Edgemont Road
P.O. Box 400322
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4322
PHONE 434.982.4911
FAX 434.982.4915
One Morton Drive
Suite 320
P.O. Box 400333
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4333
FAX 434.243.1735
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