The University’s Radiation Safety Program was established to ensure that the use of radioisotopes at its facilities is done safely and in accordance with Federal and State requirements.
Some of the services provided by this program include the following:
- Ensure that employees receive training programs on general and specific safety and health practices necessary for radioisotope handling.
- Provide accurate inventory tracking of radioisotopes in use, in waste, and in storage.
- Provide calibration of Geiger-Mueller detectors used for contamination surveys.
- Maintains exposure records for radiation workers and provides radiation dosimeters required by the regulations.
- Maintains records on training, inspections, and surveys as required by NRC.
- Provides leak testing for all sealed sources.
- Provides radioactive waste disposal.
Safety Reminder – The following are guidelines to follow when disposing of Dry Ice (from Airgas):
- Wear suitable hand protection, place unused dry ice into an open plastic or metal container and allow to sublimate/evaporate in a secure, well ventilated area such as a fume hood or hard-ducted biological safety cabinet.
- Do not dispose of dry ice in sinks, toilets or sewers; in trash bins or garbage cans; or in any area accessible to the general public.