Radiation Protection Training for Users of UNSEALED Radioactive Sources
Duration 0.5 days
Team Health and Safety

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the basic principles of radiation protection for users of unsealed radioactive sources, and to satisfy the requirements of Regulation 14 of the Ionising Radiation Regulations, 1999.

The course forms part of the overall training required and further local training will be needed before a new radiation worker can be considered sufficiently trained and competent to work unsupervised with radioactivity.

The course is not relevant for users of x-ray generators or users of sealed radioactive sources, unless they are also intending to work with unsealed radioactive sources.
Pre-Requisites Attendees should have first registered on the online University of Bristol Radioactive Source Database http://www.bristol.ac.uk/safety/ionising-radiation/

At the end of the course attendees should:

  • have the basic pre-requisite knowledge on which local training within your School can build the specialised training you need to carry out work with unsealed radioactive sources safely;

  • have an outline understanding of the system used at the University of Bristol to control acquisition, use and disposal of radioactive materials and understand how it fits into an overall programme of radiation protection;

  • know where to look and who to contact if you are not sure how to safely perform an activity using radioactive material;

  • have been introduced to the University of Bristol Radioactive Source database and able to seek further guidance and instruction in order to comply with its use;

  • understand that compliance with the University policy and guidance document ‘Work with Ionising Radiation’ is a legal obligation on each worker.

Course charges Cancellation fee: Your Division/Faculty will incur a £50 charge should you fail to attend on the day or cancel your place any later than three full working days before the course.
Further information

Attendees should ensure they bring a scientific calculator, as the course requires a number of calculations to be completed.

This course does not address the specific details of work in each School or research group, and this must be addressed locally.

University staff working with radioactive materials in laboratories in Bristol’s hospitals must be aware that the course does not cover the hospitals’ systems for controlling radioactive materials. They must therefore seek further guidance and training from the appropriate person.

Certificates will be issued after the course. These will be sent to your School Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) in the first instance, who will then forward the certificate to you.
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