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Section 18: Requirements for Purchase of Radiation Sources That Cannot Be Disposed of as Routine Radioactive Waste


A. Examples of Source Types

  • Examples of the type of sources covered under this procedure are:
    1. large sealed sources
    2. alpha sources
    3. exceptionally toxic isotopes such as Strontium-90
    4. any large quantity of radioactive material

B. Information and Approvals Needed by Radiation Safety Before Purchase of Source

  • The Radiation Safety Officer will obtain the following before approval of the purchase of any source that may present special problems or excessive expense for disposal:
    1. a written statement justifying the need for the source from the faculty member who proposes purchase of the source
    2. a letter from the department head, approving the purchase of the source and agreeing that funds will be made available for disposal when the source is no longer useful
    3. approval by the Radiation Safety Officer upon consideration of:
      • the need for the source
      • availability of the expertise and facilities necessary for safe use of the source
      • assurances that funds will be available for disposal when the source is no longer useful