EH&S Safety News

Change to the Monthly Radioactive Contamination Survey Requirement
by Philip G. Campbell

A change has been made to the monthly lab survey requirement. Under the previous requirement, each laboratory space authorized for radioactive material use had to be surveyed each month even if there was no radioactive material use in that lab. With the new requirement, this is no longer the case.

With the new requirement, if there is no radioactive material use in a laboratory space during a month, a monthly survey is no longer required. However, a dated entry stating there was no radioactive material use in that lab must be entered on the lab survey log. An example entry for April would be, “4/30/13  No radioactive material use during April – No survey required.”

The online Radiation Safety Manual has been updated with the new requirement in Chapter 13, Section B.2. The online Radiation Safety Manual can be found at www.ehs.washington.edu/manuals/rsmanual/index.shtm.

If you have any questions about this new requirement, please contact EH&S Radiation Safety at (206) 543-0463 or radsaf@uw.edu.

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