Radiation - Safe Working with Ionising Radiations
Duration 2.5 Hours
Team Safety Office
Duration:     Approx 2.5 hours
Given by:     Health & Safety Advisor - Radiation

Location:     Online (MS Teams)
A mandatory introductory session for new workers with ionising radiation, covering the basics of radiation protection, relevant legislation and the University arrangements and safe practice. The course is held every two months. New users must attend the first available talk. Please note that this course is not intended for undergraduate students.

This presentation covers:

What ionising radiation is:

  • How you measure it - units


  • Mechanism for harm and the risk


  • Doses received from typical research work to put the risks into context


  • Legislation - IRR and EPR16 (especially licences and accounting)


Practical aspects of working with radionuclides:

  • Properties of the common isotopes used in biological research (emissions; energies; half-life; shielding requirements and other precautions)


  • Criteria for selection of most appropriate isotope


  • Ten Golden Rules for safe working


  • Decomposition 


Sealed sources

Sheffield University's "Contamination Control" video can be found in sections on this page - http://nottingham.ac.uk/safety/policies-and-guidance/radiation/ionising-radiation/ir-training.aspx.
 Please note:  If you are intending to travel by car to the training venue, please allow sufficient time to locate a parking space and to walk to the training venue, as parking may not be available immediately adjacent.

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