All Radiation Producing Device (RPD) are regulated by the Washington State Department of Health and must be registered with the state prior to use. The University possesses one registration managed by EH&S’s Radiation Safety team. Depending on the type of device and its intended use, there are requirements for facility design, worker training and protection, and device operation.
The use of radioactive materials is regulated by the Washington State Department of Health and strictly controlled by EH&S.
Radioactive material is ordered by authorized users though Ariba and delivered to EH&S’s Radiation Safety Team, which distributes the material to labs.
Federal and state regulations require the UW to monitor the radiation dose to employees who may be exposed to radiation as part of their job duties.
Employees whose job duties result in exposure to radiation may be assigned dosimeters to monitor their exposure. Depending on the source and amount of exposure, this may include whole body badges, rings or both. Individual badges are collected monthly or quarterly, and the reported doses are reviewed by an EH&S Radiation Safety team member.
The Non-Ionizing Radiation (NIR) Safety Program is designed to help protect employees, students and the general public from the harmful effects of non-ionizing radiation.