Radiation Use-Online Training & Test

 

Radiation is an extremely useful, versatile, powerful research and clinical tool.  But like many tools, radiation must be used with care and according to proper procedures if we are to avoid causing incidents or harm.

Because of this potential for incident or harm, and, to a very large extent, because of societal and governmental concerns, the University's use of radioactive materials and radiation- producing machines is closely controlled by regulations issued by the Federal Government through the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the State of Utah Division of Radiation Control (or DRC), and by a process of licensing, which is administered by the state.

These regulations, and our license specify in detail the rules under which we may use radiation on this campus.  If we fail to follow those regulations and conditions, we risk being penalized, which may even include fines.  But more important, we jeopardize our continued ability to use radiation in our research, teaching, and clinical work.

The use of radiation here at the University is a privilege, which is extended to us by the State and the NRC, not as a right.  And we have to earn that privilege by exercising care and diligence, and by complying with regulations and license conditions, whenever we work with radiation.

The Radiological Health Department's responsibility is to make certain that the University meets its compliance duties, and, more importantly, to ensure that the University is a safe and healthy place to work.  But, with hundreds of faculty, staff and students using radiation here on the campus, we cannot do this job by ourselves, nor should we.  It takes all of us, working together, to maintain compliance and to achieve the objectives of our Radiation Safety program.

The role of the Responsible User is also key to this commitment.  It is the Responsible User's job to assure that the personnel working with radiation under their authorityare properly trained and competent to be performing the work.  The Radiological Health Department training is meant to assist in that mission, not substitute for that attention to detail.

The Objectives of this training are :

1. The University will use radiation in a manner so that society will derive some benefit,  if there is not benefit, we should not use radiation.  This benefit is often highly visible and easy to appreciate, such as better diagnosis and treatment of patients in our hospital and clinics.  Equally important, but often a less visible benefit, is increased knowledge and discovery in a variety of scientific areas.

2. The University's use of radiation will not result in harm or injury to any employee, student, patient or member of the public.

3. The University's use of radiation will not violate any state or federal regulation, or any license condition, especially the limits placed on radiation exposure to employees or the general public.

The best way to meet these objectives is by understanding and applying the principles of radiation protection and following proper procedures.  Our website training information modules are a first step toward learning these principles and procedures, so you are urged to obtain as much as you can from the online sessions as well as the interactive sessions with the Radiological Health Department staff.   The Radiation Procedures and Records provided in this website are also an integral part of the University's license conditions, and must be followed by all radiation users as they are an extension of the regulations.

It is also important for you to know that you may contact our office at 581-6141 when you need assistance with understanding the requirements or procedures for handling radiation safely, or to address any concerns you might have regarding your work with radiation or radioactive materials.