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.
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
providing information and advice to individuals who have questions about radiation
calibration of radiation survey instruments
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.
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