Radiation Safety

Principal investigator:

  • Assumes role of "Responsible User" (generally)
  • Ensures that the "Responsible User" is approved by RSO and RSC, if "Responsible User" is not the Principal Investigator
  • Provides a detailed plan to RSC for proposed use
  • Acknowledges and accepts in writing responsibility for compliance with all Radiological Health policies and procedures
  • Ensures that all project personnel participate in radiation training as necessary

Other research personnel:

  • Comply with all federal regulations, state and local laws, institutional policies and RSO procedures regarding radiation safety
  • Participate in radiation protection training as necessary

Department/center/project financial officer: N/A

Department chair/center director:

  • Assures that project is in compliance with state, federal, sponsor and University of Utah policies and regulations regarding radiation safety
  • Promotes University radiation safety compliance efforts and programs within the department/center

Deans office/designee:

  • Promotes University radiation safety compliance efforts and programs within the college/school

Executive administration:

  • The President of the University appoints the members of the Radiation Safety Committee
  • The Vice President for Research is responsible for matters of policy regarding radiological health and the operation of the Department of Radiological Health
  • Promotes University radiation safety compliance efforts and programs

Conflict of Interest committee: N/A

Environmental Health and Safety, Department:

  • Department personnel serve on the Radiation Safety Committee

Governmental Accounting and Support Services: N/A

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee / Animal Resource Center:

  • Requires review and approval of use of radioisotopes, as appropriate, for submitted protocols, as necessary

Institutional Review Board:

  • Requires assurance of approval from Radiological Health Department, as necessary

Office of Internal Audit: N/A

Radiological Health, Department:

Radiological Health Department

  • Serves as the primary technical resource for the University community regarding radiation safety policies, procedures and regulatory issues
  • Nominates members for and coordinates the activities of regulatory-required university committees [e.g. Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) and the Human Use Subcommittee (HUS) of the RSC, Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC)]
  • Maintains inventories of radioactive materials and ionizing radiation generating machines used in research
  • Conducts routine as well as special risk assessments and provides recommendations on appropriate practices and facilities to conduct research safely and in compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Provides operational and/or technical support for research activities that require monitoring, tracking, decontamination, or disposal of radioactive materials
  • Identifies and/or develops training resources for the University of Utah research community
  • Identifies, monitors, and interprets local, state, and federal agency actions related to radiation safety within the research community
  • Develops draft policies/procedures for the RSC and RDRC review
  • Provides an annual report of activities to the RSC and VP for Research

Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)

  • Promulgates policies, rules and procedures for the safe use of radiation sources
  • Oversees, reviews and audits the activities of the Radiation Safety Officer, the Radiological Health Department, and all users of University radiation sources or ionizing radiation generating machines

Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC) (also serves as the Human Use Subcommittee of the RSC)

  • Evaluates and approves or disapproves all proposed uses of ionizing radiation sources on or in humans for investigational or non-routine clinical procedures, uses of FDA-approved radioactive drugs, radioactive drugs with IND numbers issued by the FDA, or any other ionizing radiation sources

Institutional Biosafety Committee: N/A

Office of Sponsored Projects:

  • Verifies review and approval as per University and agency requirements

Technology Transfer Office: N/A