Radiation Safety

 

IN THE EVENT OF A RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY, CONTACT:
Radiation Safety Hotline (404) 413-3510

If someone cannot be reached at this number, please review our Emergency Phone Numbers.

Radiation Safety Overview

Georgia State University is licensed to possess certain radioactive materials by the state of Georgia . The laws require that certain “Standards for Protection Against Radiation” as set forth in Georgia Department of Natural Resources “Rules and Regulations for Radioactive Materials,” Chapter 391-3-17, must be enforced by persons holding such licenses. It is also required that all individuals working or frequenting areas where radioactive materials are stored or used shall be informed of the Basic Right-To-Know information that is stated “The State Notice To Employees Sign”. Further, users of X-ray and radiation producing machines are required by state law to comply with the “Rules and Regulations for X-ray,” Chapter 290-5-22.

The success of the Radiation Safety Program results from the cooperative efforts between the Radiation Protection Committee (RPC), the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), Principal Investigators (PI), and laboratory staff. PIs must submit a Radioisotope Research Protocol Form to the RPC for review and approval prior to conducting research involving radioisotopes. The Radiation Safety & Regulatory Compliance Manual is written for the purpose of administering these standards at Georgia State University provides more detailed information on the Radiation Safety Program.

IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, you have the option to declare your pregnancy as defined by Chapter 391-3-17 “Rules and Regulations for Radioactive Materials”. To declare your pregnancy, please submit the Declaration of Pregnancy to the Radiation Safety Program via email at radiationprotection@gsu.edu. Please refer to the Occupational Radiation Exposure Limits webpage for more information about exposure limits for pregnant radiation workers.

For questions about the radiation safety program and requirements, contact:

Quintena Tinson
Radiation Safety Specialist
Office of Research & Environmental Safety
Phone: (404)413-3568
Email: QTinson@gsu.edu

If you are conducting research with radiation or will be entering laboratories that store and/or conduct research with radiation-producing material (radioisotope or radiation-producing equipment), you are required to attend an Initial Radiation Training course and renew your training annually with the Radiation Refresher Training course. Visit the Training Schedule to view when and where the next training will be held and to submit the training request form.


Research and Environmental Safety offers services and equipment rental for laboratory use.  If your lab works with radioisotopes, you are eligible to use laboratory equipment that was previously used in radioisotope-containing laboratories. Visit the Radiation Equipment Catalogue for a list of available equipment. If you would like to use any of the equipment available or if you require equipment service, such as Geiger counter battery replacement or equipment calibration, please fill out the Radiation Equipment Loan and Service Request Form. Radiation Equipment Loan and Service Request Form