UCLA consists of a diverse campus utilizing radioactive material in a wide variety of experiments and research. In order to work with these materials the University has been issued a Broad Scope, Type A, Radioactive Materials License by the state of California.
The responsibility of ensuring the safe operation of a radiation safety program belongs to the Radiation Safety Committees. At UCLA, the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) and the Medical Radiation Safety Committee (MRSC) are responsible for the policies and procedures pertaining to radioactive materials and radiation producing machines.
The UCLA Radiation Safety Division (RSD) serves to oversee the University compliance with the policies and procedures set by the State and the Radiation Safety Committees.
Roles and Responsibilities
The main goal of the RSD is to help all users work with radioactive materials or machines in a safe and secure manner. To assist in achieving this goal the RSD incorporates the following programs available for radiation users:
• Isotope Receipt and Inventory
• Internal and External Radiation Monitoring
• Routine Safety Audits
• Commissioning and Clearing of Radiation Use Areas
• Effluent Monitoring
• Radioactive Waste Disposal
The purpose of each of these programs is to work with authorized users to maintain compliance with all regulations and policies set forth by the State of California and the UCLA Radiation Safety Committees and, most importantly, to utilize the great benefits of radiation while maintaining a safe environment for faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community.