Radiation Safety Program


The Radiation Safety Program applies to all persons under the auspices of the University of Calgary directing or involved in the acquisition, use and disposal of radioactive materials, and X-ray and laser radiation emitting devices as defined in federal and provincial legislation/guidelines (see Legislation below).

 

The University of Calgary Radiation Safety Program is designed to promote and monitor compliance with acts, regulations, orders, standards and guidelines published by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Alberta Labour and immigration - Radiation Health.

 

All questions and inquiries regarding radiation safety should be directed to radsafe@ucalgary.ca

Environment, Health and Safety offers radiation safety training.

  1. Radioisotope Permit

    Principle Investigators responsible for a laboratory or facility must obtain a Radioisotope Permit from the Radiation Safety Committee prior to purchasing, handling or storing nuclear substances and/or radiation devices. PIs must keep their Radioisotope Permit current as to radioisotopes and locations.

    Contact radsafe@ucalgary.ca to initiate the process.

  2. Nuclear Substance and Radiation Devices License

    Radioactive Materials include nuclear substances, both unsealed and sealed radioactive sources, and radiation devices which contain sealed radioactive sources as defined in the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.

    Location of the licence and any record referred to in the licence:

    • located Health Science Centre G368 - Radiation Safety Officer
  3. Security Clearance – Gamma Cells

    Security clearance is required prior to the use of certain Radioactive Materials such as Gamma cells as outlined in Security of Nuclear Substances: Sealed Sources and Category I, II and III Nuclear Material.

    Contact radsafe@ucalgary.ca to initiate the process.

Principle Investigators responsible for a laboratory or facility must follow the Radiation Emitting Devices (X-ray Units and Laser) Safety Program prior to purchasing, handling or storing of X-ray and all laser equipment as defined in the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and OHS Code. A Certification of Registration must be in place prior to the use of X-ray and Class 3B and 4 laser equipment, i.e. designated radiation equipment.

  1. X-ray Safety Training Presentation

    Mandatory training for all persons directing or involved in the operation of X-ray equipment for research and teaching purposes. Review and document on Laboratory Health and Safety Orientation and Training Record.

  2. Laser Safety Training Presentation

    Mandatory training for all persons directing or involved in the operation of laser equipment for research and teaching purposes. Review and document on Laboratory Health and Safety Orientation and Training Record.

  3. Registration of X-ray Units and Class 3B/4 Laser Equipment

    The inspection and registration of radiation equipment is administered by Authorized Radiation Protection Inspection Agencies and Authorized Radiation Health Registration Agencies, respectively. The University of Calgary is an Authorized Radiation Protection Inspection Agency and Authorized Radiation Health Registration Organization for certain designated radiation equipment owned and operated under the auspices of the University of Calgary for non-medical or non-veterinarian purposes. 

     

    Contact radsafe@ucalgary.ca to initiate the process.

    List of Authorized Radiation Protection Inspection Agencies and Authorized Radiation Health Registration Agencies can be found:

    https://www.alberta.ca/radiation-agencies-organizations.aspx

Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices

  • Nuclear Safety and Control Act
  • General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations
  • Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Regulations
  • Radiation Protection Regulations
  • Security of Nuclear Substances: Sealed Sources and Category I, II and III Nuclear Material
  • Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations

 

Radiation Emitting Devices (X-ray Units and Lasers)

  • Radiation Emitting Devices Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act – Part 20 Radiation Exposure
  • Occupational Health and Safety Code – Part 3 Specifications and Certifications
  1. Radiation Safety Committee

    The Radiation Safety Committee is comprised of six researchers who may include the designate of the Vice President (Research) and the designate of the Provost and Vice President (Academic), and who are preferably Radioisotope Permit Holders or individuals directly responsible for the radioactive work performed by laboratory personnel representing a cross section of departments and research groups. This committee advises the Vice President (Finance and Services) i.e. licensee on radiation safety matters in general and the effectiveness of radiation protection programs within the organization in particular.

    See EHS-RAD-0196 University of Calgary Terms of Reference Radiation Safety Committee in the Radiation Safety & Procedures Manual

  2. Radiation Safety Officer

    Megan McDonald

    University Radiation Safety Officer

    radsafe@ucalgary.ca

Radiation Safety and Procedures Manual

The University of Calgary has developed a Radiation Safety Manual to provide guidance to ensure a safe working/learning environment and for compliance.

Research X-ray Safety Program Training Manual

The University of Calgary has established the Research X-ray Safety Programs Training Manual for radiation emitting devices.

Laser Safety Manual

The University of Calgary has developed the Laser Safety Manual to ensure that persons are aware of the hazards associated with the use of the laser or the hazards involved in working in the laser controlled area.