Santa Clara University

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Radiation Safety

The University strives to ensure that all ionizing and non-ionizing radiation hazards used in teaching and research are properly obtained, used, stored, transferred, and disposed of. The Radiation Safety Officer works to minimize risks associated with radiation hazards and to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations pertaining to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation hazards.

The Radiation Safety Officer provides radiation safety training and technical guidance.

The Radiation Safety Committee(RSC) reviews all requests to conduct research or teaching involving radioactive materials. 

It is the instructor or investigator's responsibility to provide complete information about teaching and research procedures involving ionizing and non-ionizing radiation by completing the SCU radioactive material application form. Completed forms must be submitted to the Office of Research Compliance & Integrity Protocols@scu.edu  for the Radiation Safety Committee to review. 

Any researcher planning to work with ionizing or non-ionizing materials should contact the Radiation Safety Officer for required radiation safety training. 

For projects that require a full review and that will be submitted to federal/non-federal funding agencies, a sixty (60) day lead time is recommended. For research that is not funded externally, a thirty (30) day lead time will generally suffice.

Any researcher planning to submit a proposal to an external sponsor that involves the use of radioactive materials must complete appropriate documents with the Sponsored Projects Office.

Regulatory Citation:

Federal Radiation Regulations (10 CFR Part 19 &20)

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part019

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part020

California
Radiation Regulation (CCR Title 17)

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/radquip/Pages/RadioactiveMaterials.aspx

If you have questions, please contact Esther Pham, Director of Research Compliance and Integrity (408) 554-5591 or the University Radiation Safety Officer.