The University of Utah's radioactive material licenses are inspected annually by the Utah State Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control, with the next inspection expected the week of June 24, 2019. All Radioactive Material Permit Holders should have received a notification from Environmental Health and Safety regarding the inspection, as well as a packet of documents that include an inspection checklist and several Job Aids. If you are working in a Radioactive Material use area, and have not received this packet of information, please contact the EHS at 801-581-6141 or the Radiation Analyst assigned to your areas.
Recently, university researchers have suffered losses of high value research material due to malfunctioning units. It was extremely time consuming and difficult for researchers to fully document the specific items lost and justify claimed values, and in many cases, the materials could not all be recreated. Insurance recoveries have amounted to a small fraction of researcher’s estimates, and it is likely that insurance coverage may be much more limited and/or may be unavailable in future years.