This program, administered through the University's Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), oversees all uses of radioactive materials and radiation producing devices in teaching and research laboratories on campus. The primary goals are to assure the safety of faculty, staff and students who might be exposed to the university's sources of radiation in the course of their work by following the NRC's ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) concept, as well as coordinating and maintaining compliance of the University's NRC/State Radioactive Material License for use of radioactive materials on campus. Services include: reviewing and approving the use of radioactive materials or radiation producing devices on campus by determining if the facility and the procedures used are in compliance with all aspects of the university's radiation license; surveying of laboratories where radioisotopes are used; administering the personal dosimetry program; maintaining survey instrument calibration; training in the safe use and handling of radioisotopes for research; maintaining the inventory and control of radioisotopes on campus including the receipt, delivery, transport and disposal of all radioactive material; and providing guidance in the safe use of x-rays, lasers and microwave devices.
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