Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

RADIATION SAFETY
9.10
Revised 9-14
Radiation Safety Office
335-8916

Administration and Support of the Radiation Protection Program

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POLICY

The University maintains a Radiation Protection Program that applies to all University locations and to all work with sources of ionizing radiation performed under University authority.

University executive management, through the Vice President for Research, maintains responsibility and authority for the oversight, administration, and resource support of the Radiation Protection Program.

The Vice President for Research, Office of Research (OR), delegates responsibility for overseeing the University's Radiation Protection Program to the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) and the University Radiation Safety Officer, with the support of the staff of the Radiation Safety Office (RSO).

PURPOSE

The Radiation Protection Program and all associated policies provide requirements and guidelines for managing the risks associated with the use, control, storage, and disposal of sources of ionizing radiation held under the authority of the University. The Radiation Protection Program is intended for use by faculty, staff, students, and members of the general public.

See also 9.40.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The following responsibilities are designed to ensure the proper administration and support of the Radiation Protection Program.

Program Oversight

As documented in the Radiation Protection Program, the University administration is committed to and responsible for the following:

Program Administration

Office of Research

The President of the University delegates responsibility for the following to the Vice President for Research:

Office of Research Assurances

The Office of Research Assurances (ORA):

Radiation Safety Committee

The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC):

Radiation Safety Officer

The Vice President for Research delegates responsibility for radiation safety and compliance to the University Radiation Safety Officer.

The University Radiation Safety Officer is the Secretary and a permanent, voting member of the Radiation Safety Committee. The University Radiation Safety Officer works closely with the Radiation Safety Committee and executive management in implementing the Radiation Protection Program.

Other Participating and Supporting University Units

Purchasing Services

Purchasing Services personnel coordinate with the Radiation Safety Office to ensure that all acquisitions of radioactive materials or devices capable of emitting ionizing radiation are:

Surplus Stores

Surplus Stores personnel coordinate with the Radiation Safety Office to ensure that:

See also 20.76 and 20.77.23-24.

Participating Individuals

Authorized Radiation Users (Principal Investigators)

An authorized user of sources of radiation is a permanent faculty or staff member who has the primary responsibility for developing and enforcing use, storage, and safety procedures for all sources of ionizing radiation maintained under her or his authorization, as preapproved by the Radiation Safety Committee.

Authorized User Responsibilities

The authorized user is responsible for:

Radiation Workers

Prior to beginning any work with ionizing radiation, staff and students must:

Audits of the Radiation Protection Program

Executive Management Audit

The Vice President for Research assigns responsibility for an annual audit of the performance of the Radiation Safety Committee in their maintenance of the Radiation Protection Program.

An annual audit report is prepared and submitted to the administration for review. The Vice President for Research responds to the audit findings and any recommendations that may improve the program.

Radiation Safety Committee Audit

The Radiation Safety Committee performs an annual audit that includes a review of Radiation Safety Office operations and performance, and an assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of the Radiation Protection Program.

The Radiation Safety Committee prepares and submits an audit report for review by the Vice President for Research. The Vice President for Research responds to all findings of deficiency.

Radiation Safety Office Audits

On a routine and regular basis, the Radiation Safety Office performs audits of authorizations and surveys of radiation use and storage locations to ensure safety and that compliance to the guidelines of the Radiation Protection Program is maintained.

University Radiation Safety Officer Notifications

The University Radiation Safety Officer notifies the Radiation Safety Committee of any unsafe situations or unresolved issues of noncompliance and ensures that corrective actions are implemented in a timely manner.