Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

RADIATION SAFETY
9.16
Revised 3-02
Radiation Safety Office
335-8916

Radiation Safety Courses

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REQUIRED COURSES

Radiation Safety Course
WSU personnel who work with radioactive materials and/or radiation machines are required to attend a radiation safety course conducted by the Radiation Safety Office (WAC 246-221-140, WAC 246-222-030). The Radiation Safety Office offers two separate courses; radioactive materials safety and radiation machines safety (see below).

This requirement applies to prospective authorized users (see 9.20) as well as employees who plan to work directly with radioactive materials or radiation machines.
Completion
An individual must complete the appropriate course before the Radiation Safety Office (RSO) fully authorizes the individual to use radioactive materials or radiation machines.

In the case of a radiation worker who is not an authorized user, the RSO may issue a temporary authorization if the worker receives basic training at the RSO, with the clear understanding that the individual must complete the appropriate course at the next offering.
Enrollment
Contact the Radiation Safety Office (RSO) to enroll in the appropriate safety course; telephone 335-8916.
Laboratory Safety Training
In addition to completing the appropriate radiation safety course, each prospective radiation worker must receive safety training specifically for the laboratory areas where work will be performed.

The authorized user for the laboratory, or his or her specified designee, must conduct the laboratory training.
RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS SAFETY COURSE
The training program for radioactive materials users includes the following topics:
Radiation Fundamentals
Biological Effects
Radiation Protection Practices
Sealed Radioactive Sources
Radioactive Materials License and University Policies
Emergencies and Accidents
RADIATION MACHINES SAFETY COURSE
The training program for users of radiation machines includes the following topics:
Radiation Fundamentals
Biological Effects
Radiation Protection Practices
Program Administration
Certification of Registration and University Policies