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Radiation Safety Program Resource Page

How to apply for approval to work with radioactive materials:
 
Background: 
 
In Canada, the use of radioactive materials is federally regulated by the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, in order to safeguard the health of all Canadians.  Regulatory documents and guidelines for dealing with radiation hazards in laboratories have been developed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
 
It is requirement of federal legislation that all activities involving radioactive materials are licensed by the CNSC; therefore Lakehead University must maintain control of radioactive hazards on campus to ensure compliance with applicable federal legislation, guidelines and regulatory documents.

The Radiation Safety Program (RSP) is based on the system of internal permits granted under the Consolidated Licence.  As the entire program operates under one licence granted by the CNSC, non-compliance of one individual may jeopardize the licence for the entire University.  It is therefore imperative that all persons at Lakehead University observe and comply with the conditions of their permit and this policy.
 
Steps:
 
1. Review and understand the Lakehead University Radiation Use Policy

2. Ensure that:
a. The physical laboratory environment meets the standards required for the Radiation Level applied (see Radiation Safety Manual for requirements).  The Radiation Safety Committee will only permit Basic or Intermediate Level Radiation Labs.
b. A laboratory procedures detailing the specific safety protocols in place must be available in the lab. These procedures need to meet at least the standards outlined in the Lakehead University Radiation Safety Program Documents as listed above. 
c. All personnel working in the laboratory have been trained as per the standard set by the RSP. The training needs to be recorded in writing.
 
3. Submit application to the Office of Human Resources - Attention Tiffany Moore, consisting of hard and electronic copies of the following:
 
b. Develop a Laboratory specific procedure manual (including experimental procedures) for your project/laboratory.
c. Training Record for each authorized user listed on the permit
d. Map of the lab, including all locations for weekly contamination monitoring.
e. Other attachments as necessary and requested by the Radiation Safety Committee of Radiation Safety Officer

4. The Radiation Safety Committee will review your application. If all written documents are in order, the Radiation Safety Officer will schedule a laboratory inspection. You and representatives of your students/staff are required to attend this laboratory inspection.  Any items requiring follow-up action will be recorded on the Inspection Checklist.  A copy of the checklist will be forwarded to you to record the follow actions taken and the date.
5. Once the signed copy of the inspection checklist is received by the Radiation Safety Officer and if all criteria are met, a Radioisotope Internal Permit will be issued.  The permit must be posted in each location listed on the permit. Lab inspections are required every six(6) months.
 
6. You must notify the Radiation Safety Officer of any proposed change in radioisotope(s), procedure(s) or personnel, or activities using the Radioisotope Renewal/Amendment Form.
 
7. Update training for new personnel and ensure that training records are up to date.
 
8. Ask for help if necessary.  The Radiation Safety Officer and Radiation Safety Committee is your resource.
 
 
Lakehead Materials
 
 
Radiation Safety Committee Membership
 
 
 

Table of Exemption Quantities

 
 
Legislation, Regulatory Documents, Fact Sheets
 
Legislation
Reg-209   Nuclear Security Regulations  
Regulatory Documents
C-200(E)   Radiation Safety Training for Radioisotope, Medical Accelerator and
                Transportation Workers
G-121       Radiation Safety in Educational, Medical and Research Institutions
G-129       Keeping Radiation Exposures and Doses "As Low as Reasonably Achievable
                 (ALARA)"
P-290        Managing Radioactive Waste
R-52         Design Guide for Basic and Intermediate Level Radioisotope Laboratories
R-105       The Determination of Radiation Doses from the Intake of Tritium Gas
R-116       Requirements for Leak Testing Selected Sealed Radiation Sources
G-91         Ascertaining and Recording Radiation Doses to Individuals
P-223        Protection of the Environment
G-147       Radiobioassay Protocols for Responding to Abnormal Intakes of Radionuclides
RD-58      Thyroid Screening for Radioiodine
RD-150     Designing and Implementing a Radiobioassay Program
R-85         Radiation Protection Requisites for the Exemption of Certain Radioactive
                Materials from Further Licensing upon Transferral or Disposal
S-307       Requirements for the Disposal of Nuclear Substances
RD-353     Guidelines for Testing Emergency Measures
G-217       Licensee Public Information Programs
G-228       Developing and Using Action Levels
 
 
Fact Sheets
 
To be posted in every lab:
4) Dosimeter Care (if workers are badged)
 
Radioisotope Safety Data Sheets
 
 
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