Responsibilities of the PI and Radiation Worker
Responsibilities of the Principal Investigator
As outlined in the Radiation Safety & Regulatory Compliance Manual, each Principal Investigator shall:
- Develop written procedures for their laboratory personnel on the use of radiation sources or radioactive material as appropriate for the intensity and scope of the activities covered in the Principal Investigator’s laboratory and commensurate with good radiation protection practices.
- Furnish all information requested by the Radiation Protection Committee and/or Radiation Safety Officer concerning all personnel qualifications, facilities, equipment and safety procedures.
- Maintain records as described in the Manual.
- Designate an alternate Principal Investigator to provide oversight of his/her laboratory operations during absences exceeding thirty days, and to provide this information to the Radiation Safety Officer at least 3 weeks prior to leaving, if possible.
- Comply with the applicable portions of the Manual to the best of his/her ability.
- Ensure that each individual using radioisotopes under the PI’s supervision has received radiation safety training appropriate to such use and to include special instructions for pregnant women or women of child-bearing potential.
- Notify the Radiation Safety Officer of any changes in personnel authorization status.
- Notify the Radiation Safety Officer of intention to terminate any personnel authorization, no later than thirty days prior to the proposed termination, if possible.
Responsibilities of the Radiation Worker
Each individual working with unsealed radioactive material, sealed sources or radiation-producing machines shall:
- Understand and implement the appropriate radiation safety precautions for the specific radioactive nuclide(s) being used.
- Conduct operations so as to minimize exposure (internal and external) to all personnel in the laboratory.
- Wear a personnel monitor as directed in this manual and make the monitor available for scheduled exchanges.
- Periodically survey his/her hands, feet and clothing, and the work area for contamination.
- Periodically survey around storage and waste areas.