1.0 Introduction

Radionuclides used in research, industry, education and medicine are valuable assets which can benefit man if properly used. They can, however, present hazards because of their ability to irradiate and contaminate humans and our environment. As a consequence, persons who use radiation sources must understand the various types of radiation hazards and adhere to regulations and standard practices designed to ensure their safe use.

This Manual describes the applicable regulations, policies, and procedures on which the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Radiation Safety Program is based. Legally binding federal and state regulations require the maintenance of certainrecords and the fulfillment of certain obligations by all authorized users.

The University of Nevada, Reno is licensed by the Radiation Control Program Office of the Nevada State Health Division.Radiation sources at UNR are regulated by the State Radiation Control Program Officein accordance with the provisions of NAC 459.

The University of Nevada, Reno established the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) and the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department forthe accountability of radioactive materials and to minimize the exposure of people to radiation.

This Radiation Safety Manual describes the organization and responsibilities outlined in UNR's comprehensive radiation safety program, including the radiation services available to each user of aradiation source. The manual was prepared to be consistent with all applicable federal and state regulations.

Compliance with license requirements does not in itself ensure a safe program; additional policies and procedures have been specified in this manual to enhance the Radiation Safety Program. (NOTE: Any additions or modifications of Policies or Procedures remain the responsibility of the RSC. Any additions and/or modifications must be approved by the State Radiation Control Program Office. Changes will occur as revisions or additions to this manual become necessary for purposes of clarification, changes in title or positions, and other reasons which in no way shall result in a lessening of the safe use of radiation sources.)