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RADIATION SAFETY

The Radiation Safety Program’s primary objective is to ensure that operations involving radioactive material are conducted according to policies and procedures designed to adequately protect public health and safety and maintain exposures ALARA. Regulatory compliance and consultation on the safe use of radioactive materials and analytical radiation producing equipment are key components of the program. We strive to be responsive to the needs of the University and the individual user.

Goals of the Radiation Safety Program:

  • to ensure that use of radioactive material is properly managed
  • to provide for the safety of the user and the environment
  • 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:

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 - Radiation Safety Program

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.

NEVER dispose of lead in the regular trash or in radioactive or hazardous waste containers.

All disposal of lead must be through EHS, use this form to request an EHS pick-up of your lead waste.

 
Report an accident, safety concern, or hazardous situation! Use this form.
RADIATION SAFETY STAFF
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Mike Welling
UVA Radiation Safety Officer
Radioactive Material Buyer
434-243-1167
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Nick Dorrell
UVA Health Physicist
434-982-4917
Christian Evan Hargest
Radiation Safety Technician
434-982-4918
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Karen Hyde
Dosimetry Program Coordinator
434-982-4911
 
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Michael Myrsten
Senior Radiation Safety Technician
Radioactive Material Buyer
434-297-6367
Tim Quesenberry
Radiation Dosimetry
Senior Radiation Safety Technician
434-243-3010
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Damian Ream
Radiation Safety Technician
434-982-4918
Trevor Thomas
Assistant Radiation Safety Officer
434-243-2438
 
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