Section 2: The Radiation Safety Officer

A. Qualifications of the Radiation Safety Officer

  • A Radiation Safety Officer shall be a person qualified by training and experience to give guidance and assistance in the safe use of ionizing radiation. RSO qualifications are codified in the Texas Administrative Code.

B. The Radiation Safety Officer

  • The Radiation Safety Officer is designated by the President of the University to carry out the policies of the Radiation Safety Program, insure that state and federal laws and regulations as well as University regulations are complied with, and advise the faculty and staff in matters of radiation safety.

C. Duties

  1. The Radiation Safety Officer is available to assist and advise users of ionizing radiation, and to ensure that all ionizing radiation is used in accordance with policies.
  2. The Radiation Safety Officer shall inspect users of regulated materials and machines to ensure that proper surveys and proper records are kept by department personnel using ionizing machines or materials.
  3. The Radiation Safety Officer ensures proper filing of all records required by state and federal regulations and rules of good practice including, but not limited to, the following:
    • personnel dosimetry records
    • radioactive waste disposal
    • isotope inventory
    • instrument calibration
    • leak tests on sealed sources
    • radiation safety surveys

  4. The Radiation Safety Officer offers courses of instruction for users and potential users of ionizing radiation.
  5. The Radiation Safety Officer may require that users of ionizing radiation offer safety training to appropriate students, faculty, and/or staff.
  6. The Radiation Safety Officer assists faculty members who offer formal courses in the use of ionizing radiation.
  7. The Radiation Safety Officer shall suspend, as rapidly as possible, any operation causing an excessive radiation hazard.

D. Authority

  1. State and federal codes regulate the use of radioactive materials to ensure that radiation exposure to employees or the public do not exceed specified levels.
    • The University receives its radioactive materials license from the Texas Department of State Health Services with appropriate regulations to ensure the safety codes are met.
    • The Texas Department of State Health Services adds requirements to ensure that environmental releases are kept within limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • The Department of EHS administers the Radiation Safety Program under the authority and within policies established by the Board of Regents and the President of the University.

  2. The Radiation Safety Officer shall implement the state, federal, and university radiation safety policies through guidelines established. In extreme cases where a serious radiation hazard threatens, the Radiation Safety Officer may and should report immediately and directly to the President of the University.
  3. The Radiation Safety Officer may suspend any operation which violates, or which may result in the violation of, the policies set forth in this manual.