Working with Radioactive Materials

NOTE: The University of Kansas Medical Center launched an intranet on June 20, 2016 to provide easier access to information and tools used by our faculty and staff. Valid KU Medical Center network credentials are required to access the intranet.

Many of the forms and procedures for EHS have been relocated to the intranet. If you are affiliated with another institution and are interested in collaborating or learning more about our procedures, please contact Ryan Lickteig.

The EHS office and Radiation Safety Officers are committed to ensuring radiation workers receive any assistance necessary to keep their radiation exposure as low as they reasonably can.  We strive to be a resource that workers can contact at any time and be assured that they will receive clearly communicated, effective, and friendly advice on any radiation safety needs.

Radiation Safety Manual:  Link to the Radiation Safety Manual (Revised 7/14/2015):  As part of the KUMC Radioactive Materials license, the Radiation Safety Manual details the policies and regulations applicable to the handling of radioactive materials and radiation-producing equipment at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  The Radiation Safety Manual is designed to be a guide for the ordering, possession, use and disposal of radioactive material and radiation-producing equipment at KUMC, however, the manual cannot cover every contingency or question.  Detailed information on the regulations and policies may be obtained from this website and, of course, may always be obtained from the EHS Office by contacting us by phone, email, or in person (G032 Wescoe).

Failure by University personnel to observe these policies and regulations may result in citations, fines and/or removal of the University's Radioactive Materials License by state or federal agencies.  It could also result in warnings and/or other actions, which could include the removal of authorization to use radioactive materials, by the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) or by the Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Office.

Other Information:

  • Radiation Monitoring Badges:  This page will give you information about how to request a radiation monitoring badge, who should be wearing a badge and what are some limitations of the badges.
  • Emergency Response  :  This page will give you information about what to do in the event of an emergency infolving radioactive materials (e.g., spills, theft or loss of materials, fire involving radioactive materials, etc.).
  • Security of Radioactive Materials  :  This page will give you information about acceptable methods for keeping radioactive materials secure from theft.
  • Ordering Radioactive Materials  :  This page will give you information about how to order radioactive materials.
  • Pregnant Workers  :  This page will give you information about options available to workers who discover they are pregnant or who are planning to become pregnant.
  • Radiation Permits  :  This page will give you information about how to apply for a permit to use radioactive materials.
  • Survey Meters  :  This page will give you information about how to use a hand-held radiation survey meter.
  • LSC Analysis  :  This page will give you information about how to take contamination swipes and how to analyze them on a liquid scintillation counter (LSC)
  • Inventory Report  :  This page will give you information about how to perform and report monthy sight inventories of radioactive materials in your lab.
  • Radioactive Waste  :  This page will give you information about how to properly label, segregate and store radioactive wastes; how to keep proper documentation of waste activities and how to schedule a radioactive waste pick-up.
Last modified: Dec 01, 2016