Radiation Safety

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is committed to protecting the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, visitors, and environment by appropriately identifying and managing radiological hazards. Additionally, UIUC is committed to minimizing radiation exposures to faculty, staff, students, and visitors, resulting from the use of ionizing radiation sources in teaching and research, to levels that are as low as is reasonably achievable. UIUC is also committed to complying with all applicable regulatory requirements and may adopt additional radiation safety policies as appropriate. The control of exposures to radiation sources will be accomplished by establishing a radiation safety program governing work practices, waste disposal procedures, and policies that provide a safe and healthy environment. See http://www.drs.illinois.edu/Programs/AuthorizationToUseRadioactiveMaterials for additional information.

Radiation Safety Section

The Radiation Safety Section of the Division of Research Safety (DRS) shall develop, implement, and oversee a comprehensive campus radiation safety program to ensure the safe handling, storage, use, transport, and disposal of radiation sources. The Section will partner with faculty, staff, and students to promote teaching, research, and service by facilitating the control of hazards inherent in the use of radioactive materials for those purposes. The Radiation Safety Section will advise and assist faculty, staff, and students in the interpretation and implementation of these policies and programs as well as regulatory requirements and license conditions that pertain to radiation protection. See the Radiation Safety Manual for specific policies and procedures.

Radiation Safety Committee

The Radiation Safety Committee shall oversee the radiation safety program for the UIUC, as required by federal and state regulations. The Radiation Safety Committee will have final authority on the approval of specific applications for the use of radioactive materials and will serve in an advisory capacity on matters relating to the safe handling, transport, use and disposal of radiological materials on the UIUC campus. The committee will report to the Vice Chancellor for Research through the DRS.

Registration and Use of Lasers

In order to comply with the Illinois Laser Systems Act, all lasers on campus classified as Class IIIB or IV should be registered with DRS. In addition to initial registration, DRS should be notified of any modification that may substantially increase or decrease the number of sources, source strength, output, or energy of radiation produced. Also, DRS should be notified at least two weeks before any public events in which any Class IIIB or IV laser system will be used. See the Laser Safety Manual for specific policies and procedures.

Further questions concerning this policy statement should be directed to the Radiation Safety Section at 333-2755.