Washington State University

Revised 9-14
Radiation Safety Office

Commitment to ALARA

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The University is committed to preventing unnecessary radiation exposure to any individual and to reducing all radiation worker exposures to levels that are as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). Such efforts take into account applicable safety, economic, and risk-versus-benefit considerations.


Federal and state regulations and University radiation use licenses require a written radiation protection program that provides radiation users with standard protocols to keep the risk of exposure to radiation as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).


Radiation Protection Program

The ALARA principle is implemented by a comprehensive Radiation Protection Program (see 9.10) that includes specific requirements and procedures for:

Informing Users

All radiation users are included in the program and must be informed of the program and of their individual responsibilities. (See 9.10 and 9.30.)


University faculty, staff, and students must comply with federal and state regulations and University policies and procedures when conducting research, clinical, and teaching activities with, or storing, ionizing radioactive materials and ionizing radiation producing devices.


The following responsibilities are designed to ensure the maintenance of this policy:

Application Review and Approval

The Radiation Safety Committee reviews all applications requesting authorization to use sources of radiation in research, teaching, or service at a University facility or under the University's authority.

Specific Rules and Directives

The Radiation Safety Committee or the University Radiation Safety Officer may issue specific rules and directives in support of the ALARA concept and to ensure compliance with all University policies and federal and state regulatory requirements.

User Support and Guidance

The University Radiation Safety Officer and the staff of the Radiation Safety Office provide support and guidance regarding the prevention of unnecessary exposure to radiation to: