Radionuclide Safety Training Course
Contact: Andrew Phillips, email@example.com
Penn State's Radiation Safety Policy and the University Isotopes Committee require all users of radioactive material, and supervisors of radioactive material laboratories, to complete this training prior to beginning work with radioactive material. The goal is to provide you with the information you need to work safely with radioactive material. To complete this training:
- Print out the Examination Answer Sheet.
- Review the Initial Radionuclide Safety Course material and complete the test questions at the end of each section.
- After completing the exam, you must attend a brief classroom session that included hands-on training with radiation detection equipment. To register for one of the regularly scheduled classes:
- Go to: http://www.ehs.psu.edu/training/index.cfm
- Click on the "EHS On-line Course Registration" link. You will next need to login through the PSU "Web Access" account, and that will take you directly to the "EHS Course Registration Page".
- Select the "Courses" tab.
- Select "Radiation Safety"
- Select "Radionuclide Safety (Initial)"
- Choose "Enroll" for one of the upcoming available classes.
- If none of the available classes work with your schedule, please contact Andrew Phillips at the email or phone number listed above to schedule a more convenient time.
- Bring your completed exam answer sheet to the classroom training. A score of 70% or greater and attending the classroom portion of the training is required to successfully complete this initial training. The classroom training sessions are normally held in the Academic Projects Building (APB). A map to the APB can be found at Radiation Protection Office in the Academic Projects Building.
- If you do not feel that the independent study and the instructions and demonstrations given during the classroom training give you sufficient background to begin working with radioactive materials, additional training is available.
After completing this initial training, you must receive additional training and instructions from your laboratory Supervisor or some other senior lab member on the specific techniques needed to use radioactive material in laboratory experiments. Those who work with more than the normal amount of radioactive material, for example more than 5 mCi of phosphorus 32, or more than 1 mCi of iodine 125, or with high energy gamma emitters, must receive additional training from Environmental Health and Safety.
Please note that this course does NOT fulfill the requirements for use of x-ray machines or other radiation producing equipment. This course will NOT grant you an AUTHORIZATION to use radioactive materials as a SUPERVISOR, although it is a requirement for supervisor authorization. Instructions on obtaining the UIC Authorization to Use Radioactive Material are available.
Once training is completed, your dosimetry needs may be assessed. If you and your supervisor think your radiation exposure needs to be monitored, download Application for Dosimeter, carefully read the instructions, complete it and mail it to 228 Academic Projects Building. The form must be completed by the prospective dosimeter user and countersigned by the supervisor.