Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL
Radiation Safety Office
Radiation Safety Responsibility and Authority
The President delegates to the Vice Provost for Research responsibility
for the use and control of the nuclear reactor, radioactive materials, and
The Vice Provost for Research delegates certain of these responsibilities
to the Director of the Radiation Safety Office and the Radiation Safety
Committee. (The Vice Provost for Research delegates nuclear reactor-related
operations and safety responsibilities to the Nuclear Radiation Center and
the Reactor Safeguards Committee.)
Radiation Safety Committee
The Radiation Safety Committee is responsible for all aspects
of radiation control. The Radiation Safety Committee adopts radiation policies
and reviews all aspects of nonreactor-related radiation control.
Reactor Safeguards Committee
The WSU Committee Manual summarizes the composition, duties, and responsibilities
of the Radiation Safety Committee.
The Reactor Safeguards Committee is responsible for all aspects
of reactor operations, safeguards, and radiation safety for the nuclear
reactor. The Reactor Safeguards Committee adopts radiation policies and
reviews all aspects of reactor-related radiation control.
Radiation Safety Office
The Director of the Radiation Safety Office is a member of the Reactor Safeguards
Committee. The Reactor Safeguards Committee works with the Radiation Safety
Office to ensure consistency of reactor-related regulations with overall
The Radiation Safety Office (RSO) is the University's administrative
control agency for radiation safety. This office is responsible for:
- Managing the radiation safety program.
- Interfacing with regulatory agencies.
- Approving procurement of radioactive materials and radiation machines.
- Receiving, inspecting and delivering radioactive materials.
- Using and controlling radioactive materials and radiation machines.
- Evaluating and appropriately posting all locations where radiation
machines or radioactive materials are used.
- Disposing and transferring of radioactive materials, including shipping
to brokers or to other institutions.
- Supervising and managing the dosimetry and bioassay programs.
- Providing radiological emergency response and technical oversight.
- Providing oversight and monitoring of all aspects of radiation uses.
- Providing consultation and technical expertise in all facets of radiation
- Managing additional duties as documented in other sections of this
chapter (Chapter 9, Radiation Safety) and as
required by federal and state regulations.
The Radiation Safety Committee authorizes individuals to use
radioactive materials. See 9.20.
Each authorized user is responsible for:
- Ensuring that individuals in his or her work group who work with radioactive
materials or radiation machines attend appropriate WSU radiation safety
courses. See 9.16.
- Ensuring that each individual in his or her work group who may be
occupationally exposed to radiation completes an application for a personal
monitoring device, as appropriate. See 9.45.
- Ensuring that all bioassays (thyroid scans and urine assays) required
by regulations are performed in a timely manner. See 9.48.
- Performing the surveys specified by the Radiation Safety Office for
all radiation laboratories under his or her control and maintaining records
of survey results. See 9.42.
- Restricting radiation levels and contamination levels in the laboratories
under his or her control to the prescribed limits. See 9.42.
- Decontaminating laboratory areas under his or her control found to
have excessive contamination levels, as determined by the Radiation Safety
Office (RSO), and meeting follow-up reporting requirements.
The RSO provides advice and assistance as required. See 9.40.
- Monitoring and supervising individuals under his or her control for
compliance with radiation responsibilities and providing laboratory-specific
- Maintaining security of radioactive materials or radiation machines
under his or her control or possession.
Each individual who works with ionizing radiation at the University
is responsible for:
An individual may contact the Washington Department of Health if he or she
believes that the WSU radiation safety program is inadequate. (See WAC 246-222-030.)
- Keeping her or his occupational exposure to radiation as low as reasonably
- Appropriately wearing a personnel monitoring device at all times while
engaged in activities which expose the individual to radiation.
- Wearing appropriate attire for the tasks performed.
- Following all radiation safety rules and regulations promulgated by
WSU, including those contained in Chapter
9 of the Safety Policies and Procedures Manual and in the Radiation
Protection Program Manual that is issued to each authorized user.
- Reporting all radioactive material spills, radiation exposure accidents,
and unsafe working conditions to his or her supervisor and preparing a written
report of each incident for submittal to the Radiation Safety Office.
- Referring questions on radiation safety to his or her supervisor or
to the Radiation Safety Office.