Radioisotope Safety

UBC Radiation Safety Program offers training to meet CNSC requirements. The completion of training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to applying for a Radioisotope Permit or handling radioactive materials at UBC. Proof of training must be kept in the Permit Holder’s Radiation Records Binder.

Radiation Training

Why do I have to take Radiation Safety training?

The UBC Radiation Program, including our training courses, is a large part of our legal agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission that allows our researchers to use radioactivity. The training is designed to meet the requirements of the CNSC. Our licenses for UBC researchers to have, handle and use radioactive materials are dependent on meeting these requirements.

Who needs Radiation Safety training?

The training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to applying for or on having access to work is being done under a UBC Radioisotope Permit.

Who needs LASER Safety training?

The training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to setting up or using a Class 3B or 4 LASER.

What is proof of Radiation Safety training and how long is it valid?

Proof of Training is a combination of the certificate received upon the successful completion of the Radiation Safety Course and documentation of training in lab-specific procedures. UBC Radiation Safety training certificates are valid for 5 years and include TDG Class 7 procedures for receipt of radioactive materials.

Which Radiation Safety training do I need?

IF YOU ARE…. THEN TAKE… IT INCLUDES
A staff member, visiting research or student working under a Radioisotope Permit who has not taken the course before or a faculty member who has or is applying for a Radioisotope Permit Radiation Safety Course

2-3 online modules (quiz for each module)

  • 1-2 assignment(s)
  • 1 in-person practical (if working with open sources)

Note: Number of online modules/assignments depends on if you work with open source radiation, sealed source or both

A faculty member,staff member, visiting research or student working under a Radioisotope Permit who has an expired certificate Radiation Safety Course (with Refresher Option in Entry Survey)
  • 2-3 online modules (quiz for each module)
  • 1-2 assignment(s)

Note: Number of online modules/assignments depends on if you work with open source radiation, sealed source or both

A faculty member, staff member, visiting researcher or student shipping radioactive materials or taking radiation devices to sites Transport of Dangerous Goods Class 7 Offered online through BCIT
A staff member receiving packages but not working with radioactive materials Transport of Dangerous Goods Class 7:Receiving radioactive materials 1 online module with a quiz
A faculty member, staff member, visiting researcher or student working with Class 3B or 4 LASERS LASER Safety & Development course 6 online module each ending with a quiz. An online exam and 1 assignment submitted online

How do I find out more about the Radiation or LASER Safety programs?

See the Radiation Safety Training Manual (PDF)

Radiation Safety Resources

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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.