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Ionising Radiation

Radioactive Materials (Radionuclides)

Here you will find useful information and documents, for example:

  • How to apply and become a Radiation Worker - The application form can be viewed and printed by clicking here
  • Local Rules - just issued, the April 2010 edition can be viewed and printed by clicking here
  • Training - As a new worker, the extent of training you will receive will largely depend on both your previous radiation history and experience. The topics that you will receive training in can be viewed and printed by clicking here
  • Risk Assessment - Currently there is no specific Risk Assessment form for Radionuclides. However, every Radiation Area has undergone a Risk Assessment process and the pro-forma used can be viewed and printed by clicking here
  • Ordering, Use and Disposal of Radioactive Materials - see Local Rules above (more detialed information to follow)
  • Fume Cupboards - A  guidance document on Fume Cupboard Use and Testing in Radiation Areas can viewed and printed by clicking here. In addition to this guidance, there is a video available which demonstrates effectively some of the do's and don'ts of Fume Cupboards - many of these are covered in the guidance document. If you would like to view the video please contact the Site Radiation Officer

Here you will find useful information and documents, for example:

  • How to apply and become a Radiation Worker - The application form can be viewed and printed by clicking here. (Note: completion of the application form is not required for work involving Low Risk X-ray Producing Equipment - see below)
  • Local Rules (pro-forma)
  • Training
  • Risk Assessment

These pages are still under construction and, until complete, items of interest will continue to be shown below:

X-ray Producing Equipment

Currently, the University has only one designated radiation area containing an X-Ray Crystallography Set and its use is strictly controlled. To oversee the work in that area and to ensure the equipment is operated safely and within the legal requirements, a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) and a Local Radiation Assistant (LRA) have been appointed and Local Rules have been written - these Local Rules can be viewed and printed by clicking here.

In addition to the above, it is recognised that other equipment (such as Electron Microscopes and Electron Spectrometers) also have the potential for producing X-rays. However, the design of this equipment prevents the escape of X-rays and, thus, the location or the equipment itself does not require any special designation or written local rules. In view of the low risk of exposure from this equipment, an LRA, rather than an RPS, has been appointed to oversee the use of this equipment and, instead of local rules, a procedural document has been written and can be viewed and printed by clicking here.

Note: Any piece of equipment that generates electron or ion beams accelerated by voltages in excess of 5kV should be regarded as a possible source of ionising radiations (X-rays) - ‘home-made’ equipment is potentially the most  hazardous. Any equipment that falls (or is suspected to fall) into this category should be bought to the attention of the appropriate School personnel and the Site Radiation Officer so that a suitable and sufficient assessment can be made.