The Texas A&M; University System Health Science Center maintains strict requirements for working with sources of radiation. The radiation safety program at TAMUS-HSC protects employees, students, and visitors as well as the public and the environment from the harmful effects of exposure to ionizing and nonionizing radiations. Any faculty or staff member who desires to work with radioisotopes or radiation-producing devices must contact their component safety officer. In addition, their employees and other employees who work with sources of radiation must receive formal training in equipment operation, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures.
2. Radioactive Materials
The purpose of the Procedure Manual for the Use of Radioactive Materials is to establish the policies of TAMUS-HSC with regard to the use of licensed radioactive materials. These policies apply to sealed sources as well as to open isotopes regardless of physical or chemical form.
- Radioactive materials may only be possessed by or under the supervision of individuals who have been formally permitted.
- Permit Holders or their designees shall obtain approval from component safety officer before placing an order for radioactive materials. Approvals are also required before Permit Holders receive radioactive materials via transfer from another licensee, via donations, etc.
- All sources of radiation shall be secured from unauthorized access or removal.
- All radioactive wastes shall be disposed through written procedures approved by the components safety officer.
- All persons are responsible for safe working practices and for maintaining their own exposures to ionizing radiations As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA).
- Each user is responsible for reporting unsafe practices and/or rules violations to the Permit Holder or, if responses are not satisfactory, to the component safety officer or the Texas Department of State Health Services Radiation Branch.
- Permit Holders and users of radioactive materials shall comply with all aspects of their components "Radiation Safety Manual".