Radiation Safety Training
What should I do if my PI’s name is not on the drop-down list when I attempt the on-line registration for radiation safety training?
Contact the Radiation Safety at 515-2894.
Do I have to complete radiation safety training at NCSU if I already did this at another institution?
The training at another institution must have been completed no more than 2 years prior to starting work at NCSU and you must have written documentation. Contact the Radiation Safety at 515-2894 for more information.
How do I get a radiation dosimeter?
Decisions about assigning personnel dosimeters for radiation workers are made after radiation safety training requirements have been completed. If a dosimeter is required it will issued and delivered to your lab.
How can I find out what radiation dose has been detected on my dosimeter?
Radiation Safety will provide your dosimetry record if you make a written request for this information. If you leave NCSU and work with another employer that uses radiation sources, the new employer can make a written request for your dose history record.
What should I do if my dosimeter is lost or destroyed?
Contact the Radiation Safety as soon as possible. You must not work with radiation sources until a new dosimeter is provided to you.
What should I do if I believe I was over-exposed to radiation during an experiment?
Contact Radiation Safety immediately. Have your dosimeter available for possible emergency evaluation.
What should I do with my dosimeter if I cease working with radiation sources at NCSU or leave the University?
The dosimeter should be left with your PI who should return it to the Radiation Safety Division for a dose evaluation.
Can I use my dosimeter to determine the dose from a dental or medical procedure?
NO. Dosimetry issued by NCSU Radiation Safety must ONLY be used to determine occupational radiation doses received in NCSU labs and facilities.
Transferring and Shipping Radiation Sources
Is it necessary to notify Radiation Safety in order to transfer radiation sources between labs on the NCSU campus?
YES. Contact the Radiation Safety FIRST before any transfers of radioactive materials or radiation-producing equipment are made. The Radiation Safety staff will advise on how to accomplish this task.
Can radiation sources be transported in a personally-owned vehicle?
NO. Contact Radiation Safety staff FIRST before any transfers are attempted. The Radiation Safety staff will advise on how to accomplish this task.
Can radiation sources be shipped from my NCSU lab to a location off the NCSU campus?
Contact Radiation Safety FIRST before attempting any shipments off campus. The Radiation Safety staff will advise on how to accomplish this task.
Surplus or Disposal of Radiation-Producing Equipment
What should my lab do with a liquid scintillation counter that is no longer needed?
Contact the Radiation Safety staff before attempting to move the equipment. Liquid scintillation counters contain a radiation source and CANNOT be sent to NCSU Materials Management for surplus or moved off the campus until this source is removed.
What should my lab do with a gas chromatograph that is no longer needed?
Contact the Radiation Safety staff. Gas Chromatographs contain a radiation source and CANNOT be sent to NCSU Materials Management for surplus or moved off the campus until this source is removed.
What should my lab do with an X-ray producing instrument that is no longer needed?
Contact the Radiation Safety staff before attempting to move the equipment. X-ray producing equipment is registered with the State of NC Radiation Protection Section and must be accounted for by the NCSU Radiation Safety.
Receipt and/or Donation of Radiation-Producing Equipment
Can my lab accept donation of a radiation-producing instrument from an outside agency?
Contact Radiation Safety staff BEFORE accepting or receiving any offered donations of radiation-producing equipment.
Can my lab donate a radiation-producing instrument to an outside agency?
Contact Radiation Safety BEFORE donating or transferring any radiation-producing equipment to an outside agency.
Radioisotope Orders and Deliveries
What should I do if a radioisotope order has not been delivered on time?
Contact Radiation Safety staff. Radioisotope orders are shipped by the vendor company directly to the NCSU Environmental Health & Safety Center. If the order has not been received at NCSU you should contact the vendor to determine the status.
Is it necessary for someone to be present in my lab when a radioisotope order is delivered?
YES. Radioisotope deliveries MUST BE signed for by someone associated with the lab. The Radiation Safety staff WILL NOT leave unattended packages in a lab.