Introduction


TEXAS RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL LICENSE AND RADIATION CONTROL REGULATIONS

The Texas Regulations for the Control of Radiation were adopted by the Texas Board of Health in accordance with the Texas Radiation Control Act, Health and Safety Code, Chapter 401. They apply to all ionizing radiation, whether emitted from radio nuclides or devices. Licensing of all radioactive material including naturally occurring, such as radium, and accelerator-produced radio nuclides is required. Registration of all equipment designed to produce x-rays or other ionizing radiation is required.

Radioactive materials are used at Baylor University under the authority of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Bureau of Radiation Control which delegates specific licensing authority to a technically qualified Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). This authority includes approval of applications for use, issuance of notices of violations of state regulations of license provisions, and modification, suspension, or revocation of approvals for health and safety considerations.

Analytical x-ray equipment and radiation producing equipment are used at Baylor University under the authority of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Bureau of Radiation Control Regulations, and require approval of the Radiation Safety Officer.


Working Safely with Radioactivity

    - Understand the nature of the hazard and get practical training.

    - Plan ahead to minimize time spent handling radioactivity.

    - Distance yourself appropriately from sources of radiation.

    - Use appropriate shielding for the radiation.

    - Contain radioactive materials in defined work areas.

    - Wear appropriate protective clothing and dosimeters.

    - Monitor the work area frequently for contamination control.

    - Follow the local rules and safe ways of working.

    - Minimize accumulation of waste and dispose of it by appropriate routes.

    - After completion of work, monitor yourself; wash and monitor again.