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Radiation Safety

University of Houston is authorized by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to receive, acquire, possess, and transfer certain radioactive materials and sources of radiation; and to use such for purpose(s) and at designated locations, to further its mission of research and education. The License and Registration conditions require strict control of the use of radioactive materials and radiation producing devices to ensure that radiation exposures to all Authorized Users, UH personnel and members of the public are maintained As Low As Reasonably Achievable.

The Radiation Safety Program is designed to provide adequate safeguards to the health and well-being of the UH community and the community-at-large from the potentially harmful effects of radiation. This is accomplished by maintaining compliance with applicable Federal and State regulations, and University policies and, through the establishment of good health physics work practices at the UH.

The Radiation Safety Program applies to all persons who purchase, possess, transfer, store, use, or handle radioactive materials in any amount, licensed or license exempt, and/or radiation producing devices, registered or unregistered, at the UH.

The University of Houston requires that all users of radioactive material or radiation producing devices on the campus receive appropriate radiation safety training, be approved by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) & Laser Safety Officer (LSO) and authorized by the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), and comply with applicable regulatory requirements to ensure that radiation exposure levels are maintained ALARA.

Responsibility for implementing the Radiation Safety Program to maintain the license and registrations is delegated appropriately within the campus. The organization of the UH Radiation Safety Program includes the Radiation Safety Committee, Radiation Safety Manager/RSO & LSO, Radiation Safety Staff, Principal Investigators, and Authorized Users.

Forms and Manuals

As there is significant overlap within the functional areas of EHLS, it is best to locate a form through the EHLS Forms page, or manual through the EHLS Manuals page. This insures that any and all necessary forms are easily available in one place. On the manuals page, the laboratory construction standard and guidelines are also available to insure that any issues are corrected in the design phase.