Radiation Safety Requirements for Academic

Courses Using Radiation Machines at WSU


General Authorization Requirements

Use of radiation machines in the classroom situation is an exception from the normal laboratory environment.  Therefore, application for authorization will be treated separately from the user's research authorization.  Each proposed use in a classroom situation will be authorized individually by the Radiation Safety Committee.  The Radiation Safety Office philosophy is that more can be learned from a hands-on experiment than from a demonstration.  Each experiment must be conducted with proper review, education, and safety under the direct supervision of an authorized user.


The information provided to the committee on the application form (attached) must include a complete experimental description, usually the introductory material from a laboratory manual describing the purpose, materials needed, procedures, and desired results.  These data must be provided in addition to the general information required in the application.  For courses having no existing laboratory manual, a detailed outline must be submitted.  Please submit the application for class use of radiation machines well in advance so as to prevent any delays in conducting the experiments.  The RSO reserves the right to attend the course for radiation safety review.  Renewal of the course authorization will be accomplished by submission of the renewal application concurrently with the submission of the user's research authorization.


A list of the students participating in the course/experiment must be submitted prior to commencement of actual use of radiation machines.



All individuals participating in an experiment involving radiation machines must be trained in accordance with WAC 246-222-030.  The scope of this training will be determined by the Radiation Safety Committee based on the nature and frequency of the experiments to be conducted.  Additional (standard) Radiation Safety training will be necessary if the participants continue to work in an authorized radiation machines laboratory following completion of the subject radiation machines course.  Once a student has been properly trained to use a given radiation machine, his or her name must be added to the existing list of qualified users and an entry must be made in the Training Log for that machine.



Personal monitoring and bioassay services provided the individuals in the class will be based on the number and type of experiments to be conducted during the course.  For full semester courses dosimetry applications should be received at least three weeks prior to work with radiation machines.



The actual experimental procedures using radiation machines will be consistent with ALARA principles and directly supervised by an authorized user.  All users will adhere strictly to those procedures described in the application.