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Section 1: Responsibility and Authority of the Radiation Safety Officer


A. Establishment of Radiation Safety Policy

  1. The Baylor University Radiation Safety Officer will establish radiation safety policy in compliance with Texas Department of State Health Services radiation policies.
  2. The policy will be designated to:
    • keep the University in compliance with state and federal regulations and the conditions of the University license.
    • protect faculty, staff, students, visitors, and the public from hazardous levels of radiation.
    • maintain all radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable. (ALARA)

  3. The Radiation Safety Officer will review policies and modify them as appropriate.

B. Licensing

  1. The Radiation Safety Officer will add faculty members to the appropriate license through the Texas Department of State Health Services for the use of radioactive materials upon submission of a written application and determination that safety requirements will be met.
  2. The applicant must have adequate training and experience to safely handle the types and quantities of radioactive materials requested.
  3. The applicant must have adequate space and equipment to safely handle the radioactive materials requested.
  4. The applicant must agree to comply with guidelines stipulated in the Baylor University Radiation Safety Manual.
  5. The Radiation Safety Officer may deny or rescind approval of a faculty member who:
    • does not, in the opinion of the Radiation Safety Officer, have the experience or facilities to safely handle the radioactive materials requested.
    • demonstrates a serious or chronic disregard for safety regulations or radiation safety policy.

  6. No person may bring radioactive materials on campus or remove radioactive materials from campus without prior written approval of the Radiation Safety Officer.

C. Oversight of the Radiation Safety Program

  1. The Radiation Safety Officer will review and advise on corrective actions.
    • Faculty members may appeal decisions made by the Radiation Safety Officer in the implementation of the Radiation Safety Program, to the Radiation Safety Committee.
    • The Radiation Safety Officer may bring to the Department Chair for resolution, problems with faculty members who they feel are not in compliance with Baylor University Radiation Safety Procedures.

  2. The Radiation Safety Officer will periodically review the Radiation Safety Program to ensure its effective operation.
  3. The Radiation Safety Officer will bring to the attention of the Baylor University administration, options available and desirability of various options.

D. Investigation of Incidents

  1. An incident that causes an excessive radiation exposure or a potentially excessive exposure will be reported to and investigated by the Radiation Safety Officer to determine the cause and necessary remedial action.
  2. Remedial action will be initiated by the Radiation Safety Officer to prevent any recurrence of the incident.
  3. In the event of a serious disagreement between the Radiation Safety Officer and a faculty member over the causes or circumstances of an incident, the Radiation Safety Committee may conduct an investigation.