Radiation and Laser Safety

Guideline Date: September 2017     Revision: 1     Last Review: August 2017

Use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation must be performed in accordance with applicable government regulations and policies and procedures established by the University's Radiation Safety Committee (RSC).

The University's Radiation Safety Program (RSP) supports radiation and laser use facilities by providing radiation safety and laser safety training, technical consultation and oversight of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation uses. Specific RSP tasks include the following:

  • License maintenance and amendments
  • Radiation producing machine registration
  •  Dosimetry service
  • Laboratory design assistance and set up
  • Radiation and laser warning sign posting
  • Radioactive waste disposal
  • Assistance in radioactive material transportation
  • Optical density and nominal hazard distance calculation
  • Laser safety goggle selection  

Compliance Actions  

Prior to beginning and throughout the duration of a study involving radiation or lasers, principal investigators must adhere to the following:

  • Be approved to use radiation by the RSC
  • Follow the approved procedures and conditions
  • Know the hazards associated with the radiation/laser in use
  • Ensure that supervised employees and visitors comply with relevant regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Complete all required training and ensure that research group personnel complete all required training
  • Register all Class 3B and Class 4 lasers with the RSP

Training Requirements  

The following training courses related to radiation/laser safety are required for all University personnel who work with radiation and/or lasers:

  • Radiation Safety Training. For University personnel who work with radioactive materials. Annual refresher course is required.
  • X-Ray Safety Training. For University personnel who work with or near x-ray devices.
  • Laser Safety Training. For University personnel who work with Class 3B and Class 4 lasers. Refresher course is required.

Who to Contact

Environmental Health and Safety

  • (775) 327-5040
  • (775) 784-4553 Fax

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