Regulatory Compliance

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Why we do what we do!

  • University of Washington Radioactive Materials License
  • State Regulations Washington Administrative Codes (WAC), Regulatory Code of Washington (RCW)
  • Federal Regulators:
    • NRC - Nuclear Regulatory Commission - licenses all reactor produced radioactive materials.
    • EPA - Environmental Protection Agency - Emissions of materials to the air and soil.
    • OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Administration - Accelerator produced materials, safety in the workplace.
    • FAA- Federal Aviation Administration - Transportation of radioactive materials by air.
    • FTA- Federal Transportation Administration - Transport of RAM over roads or rail.
    • FDA- Federal Drug Administration - use of RAM in patients and new drug approval.
    • Homeland Security - Ensures only approved RAM is brought into or sent out of the USA.

Why do we need these rules?

In June 1995, at the National Institute of Health (NIH) there was an intentional exposure to a female researcher via her drink (later determined to be 600-800 uCi of P-32, an exposure of 5-8 rem TEDE).

The exposure exceeded the annual limits so no more radiation work was permitted for the rest of the year!
The exposure would not have happened if lab rules (no eating or drinking) were obeyed. Fines were also levied against NIH for this infraction.

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