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Radiation Safety

The University strives to ensure that all ionizing and non-ionizing radiation hazards used in teaching and research are properly obtained, used, stored, transferred, and disposed of. The Radiation Safety Officer works to minimize risks associated with radiation hazards and to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations pertaining to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation hazards.

The Radiation Safety Officer provides radiation safety training and technical guidance.

The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) reviews all requests to conduct research or teaching involving radioactive materials. 

It is the instructor or investigator's responsibility to provide complete information about teaching and research procedures involving ionizing and non-ionizing radiation by completing the SCU radioactive material application form. Completed forms must be submitted to the Office of Research Compliance & Integrity  for the Radiation Safety Committee to review. 

Any researcher planning to work with ionizing or non-ionizing materials should contact Radiation Safety Officer Sean Collins for required radiation safety training. 

For projects that require a full review and that will be submitted to federal/non-federal funding agencies, a sixty (60) day lead time is recommended. For research that is not funded externally, a thirty (30) day lead time will generally suffice.

Any researcher planning to submit a proposal to an external sponsor that involves the use of radioactive materials must complete appropriate documents with the Sponsored Projects Office.

If you have questions, please contact the Director of Research Compliance and Integrity at (408) 554-5591 or the University Radiation Safety Officer.

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