Radiation Safety

General Information


UAF personnel seeking to use radioactive sources or materials for any purpose must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, university policies and procedures. These requirements are incorporated into the UAF Radiation Safety Program. There are several requirements which must be fulfilled before UAF personnel may acquire, transport, use, or dispose of any radioactive source or material. The following are minimum requirements:

  • Current Chemical Hygiene Plan on file with Department/Institute Chemical Hygiene or Safety Officer and UAF Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management
  • Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) approval of all locations where radiation will be used, stored, etc.
  • Submit and receive approval of appropriate user application(s) - available on the Forms page.
  • Complete all required training

The principal UAF departments, offices, and positions with responsibilities in the Radiation Safety Program and their respective roles are summarized below:

  • Department/Institute Chemical Hygiene or Safety Officers (CHO): The CHO serves as a point of contact for faculty, staff and students within their department or institute. The CHO will have basic information on where to direct personnel interested in using radioactive sources or materials for more information. The CHOs may perform assessments of compliance with the Radiation Safety Program as part of their annual or semiannual lab inspections.
  • Radiation Safety Committee (RSC): The RSC is responsible for reviewing all research and teaching uses of radioactive sources or materials that involve field releases. This committee also provides input on the implementation of the Radiation Safety Program.
  • Radiation Safety Officer (RSO): Is a staff position appointed by the Director of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management. The RSO administers the university's license with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on behalf of the Institutional Official. The RSO inspects all locations where radioactive sources and materials will be used or stored; maintains the Radiation Manual; conducts use specific training as needed; assures appropriate signage is posted; administers, coordinates and documents training and status of users; coordinates and oversees the disposal of radioactive wastes; and serves as a member of the Radiation Safety Committee.

Tritium Exit Signs