What you need to know
Dosimeters monitor external radiation exposure and, after processing, provide a permanent, lifetime record of occupational dose. Federal and state regulations require the University to provide monitoring for anyone that could receive 10 percent of the maximum annual occupational dose.
Two main types of dosimeters are available, plus specific types for certain types of work.
Whole body dosimeter
Worn on the front portion of the trunk of the body between the waist and shoulders and in approximately the same location each wear period.
If you regularly wear a lead apron, you may be assigned two whole body dosimeters. One should be worn at your waist, under the lead. The other is worn at your collar, over the lead. Be sure to check the dosimeter so that you wear the appropriate dosimeter at the correct location.
A ring that should be worn on your dominant hand.
If you are assigned two rings, they are marked and should be worn on the correct hand for accurate exposure readings.
The ring should be worn under your gloves. Care should be taken to ensure the ring is not removed with the gloves and disposed.
When not in use, dosimeters should be kept in an area with low background radiation, such as a badge board (designated area for storage), desk drawer or locker.
Personnel are assigned to a dosimetry group, called a "series", based on the lab, clinic or group they belong to. Each series is assigned an Area Dosimetry Coordinator, who is responsible for issuing, collecting and returning dosimetry to EH&S at the end of a wear period. The coordinator must also keep Radiation Safety informed of changes to personnel assigned to the series.
Returning dosimeters for processing
To ensure timely notification of high exposures and compliance with regulations, please return your dosimeters(s) to your area dosimetry coordinator before the 15th day of the month following each wear period.
Dosimeters that are returned without the top plastic tab broken are considered unused and the dose measured on the dosimeter will not be assigned to the individual. Therefore, please break the plastic tab on top of the dosimeter, and place it in a dosimeter holder.