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Radiation Safety

To obtain approval please fill out the Radioactive Material Approval Form and contact the SCU Radiation Safety Officer

The University has two Radiation Safety Programs

These plans should be reviewed and followed when dealing with the following:

Radioactive Materials - Radioactive means giving off or capable of giving off radiant energy in the form of particles or rays (such as alpha, beta and gamma rays) by the spontaneous disintegration of atomic nuclei. Use of Radioactive Materials at SCU requires approval by the SCU Radiation Safety Officer. The Ionizing Radiation Safety Program can be found here.

Radiation Producing Machines - Radiation-Producing Machines include x-ray diffraction and x-ray fluorescence units, electron microscopes, medical x-ray equipment, particle accelerators, and magnetrons. Procurement and use of Radiation-Producing Machines requires the Radiation Safety Officer's approval. The Ionizing Radiation Safety Program can be found here.

Non-Ionizing Radiation - Non-ionizing Radiation is electromagnetic radiation without enough energy per quantum to ionize atoms or molecules. Examples of Non-ionizing Radiation are: radio frequency and microwaves, infrared radiation, visible light radiation, ultraviolet radiation and lasers. The Non-Ionizing Radiation Program can be found here.

All Class 3b and 4 lasers must be registered with EHS.  This includes new lasers and relocations of existing lasers.  Please register your Class 3b or 4 laser system here.