Radiation Safety

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What is Radiation Safety?

Radiation safety aims at reducing human exposure to radiation through the proper management and disposal of all radioactive materials utilized in teaching and research activities.

Our Program

The Radiation Safety Team works diligently to reduce human exposure to radiation through the proper management and disposal of all radioactive materials utilized in clinical, teaching and research activities at the University of Chicago. Our staff also oversees UChicago’s X-ray radiation program and laser safety program.

Services and Responsibilities

  • Assists with Principal Investigator protocol for radioactive material (RAM) consultation and review
  • Initial and annual radiation safety training
  • Assists with Radiation Safety Committee and the Human Use of Radioisotope and Radioactive Drug Research Advisory
  • Assists the Committee with implementation of the radiation safety program and establishing policies and procedures
  • Assists in RAM procurement
  • Tracks all RAM on campus
  • Prepares all RAM shipments from the University
  • Personnel exposure monitoring (external and internal)
  • Survey instrument calibrations and initiates instrument repair
  • Inspects labs for proper radiation safety equipment and practices
  • Oversees RAM security
  • Emergency response (e.g. radioactive spill, irradiator alarm, code orange)
  • Radioactive waste management (e.g. issuance of waste management containers, radioactive waste pickup, prepares radioactive waste for waste broker pickup, manages decay-in-storage of short-lived waste)
  • Patient clinical procedures (e.g. room setup, room devon, patient and room surveys, patient instruction and education, outpatient therapy procedures, release calculations)
  • Manages the University Research X-ray radiation safety program (e.g. registration and annual inspection)
  • Manages the laser safety program (e.g. laser equipment registration, laser inventory, laser safety training, signage, lab inspections)

Emergency and Spill Response

Accidents and exposures are bound to happen. It is our responsibility to provide you with UChicago's emergency and spill response procedures. You can find the Radioactive Incident Response on our Safety Manual page.