Responsibilities of the PI and Radiation Worker

Responsibilities of the Principal Investigator

Each Principal Investigator shall:

  • Develop written procedures for 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 Committee or Radiation Safety Officer concerning his/her qualifications, facilities, equipment and safety procedures (as required in C(i) above).
  • Maintain records as required by this Manual.
  • Designate an alternate Principal Investigator to provide oversight of his/her laboratory operations during absences exceeding thirty days, and to transmit this information to the Radiation Safety Officer at least 3 weeks prior to leaving, if possible.
  • Comply with the applicable portions of this Manual to the best of his/her ability.
  • Ensure that each individual using radioisotopes under his/her 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 authorization status.
  • Notify the Radiation Safety Officer of intention to terminate the Authorization, no later than thirty days prior to the proposed termination.

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.