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Radioisotope Safety

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The UBC Okanagan radiation safety program follows UBC Radiation Safety Policy 11.  For more information regarding obtaining radioisotope licences, radiation safety training and audits & inspections of radiation labs at the UBC Okanagan campus please contact Cherie Michels, Risk Management Services Advisor at cherie.michels@ubc.ca or 250-807-8656.

Radiation Safety Course

The UBC Okanagan Department of Risk Management Services offers a comprehensive course in the safe handling of open radioactive sources. The completion of the course is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to using radioactive materials at UBC Okanagan.

The course meets the basic training requirements of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and consists of two lecture sessions of three-hour duration plus a three-hour laboratory practical session that includes a final exam. Failure to attend both lectures and the practical session precludes certification.

The fundamentals of radiation physics are briefly covered, but the greater emphasis of the course is placed on practical handling techniques, health hazards, record keeping, legal requirements, purchasing of isotopes, spill management and waste disposal.

Prior to the first session, please download a copy of the course reference manual.

A certificate is awarded to those individuals who successfully complete the course (minimum pass mark is 75%). All registrants are required to bring a lab coat for the hands-on spill clean-up session; a scientific calculator is necessary for the written exam. 

Course Notes

Day 1: Day 2:
  1. Roles & Responsibilities.ppt
  2. History.ppt
  3. Atomic Structure.ppt
  4. Radioactive Decay.ppt
  5. Units of measurement and dose part 1.ppt 
  6. Units of measurement and dose part 2.ppt
  7. Radiation Detection.ppt
  1. Practical Administration.ppt
  2. PPE and Safe Work.ppt
  3. Signs and Labelling.ppt
  4. Waste Disposal & Emergency Response

Radiation Safety Resources

UBC Forms & Resources:

External Resources:

Laboratory Safety Guidebook

In order to keep the campus community safe and in compliance with applicable regulations and policies, each lab on campus should have a laboratory safety binder for the lab users that is unique to that lab. As part of the 2011 Lab Review process, RMS will be providing each lab with a customizable Laboratory Safety Guidebook.   Once complete the Guidebook will contain University level information related to health, safety and the environment as well as customized laboratory specific information for methods, policies and procedures. Because every laboratory is unique, the specific information in this book will be different from the one next door.   These templates are designed to allow lab users to create laboratory rules and procedures that are consistent with applicable legislation and University Policy, but are customized to each lab. The template format was chosen to limit the amount of work needed by each PI to complete a Guidebook.   In the beginning only a few templates will be made available.  You will be notified by e-mail when new templates become available.

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