Safety, Health and Wellbeing

School Radiation Safety Officers responsiblities

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further information

The School Radiation Safety Officer is an integral and important component of the radiation safety programme at UWA. The SRSO specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist the S&H and ultimately the Vice-Chancellor in ensuring that the school complies with the Radiation Safety Act and its regulations involving the registration of premises and licensing of major radioisotope users.
  • Ensuring the school upgrades and maintains its facilities to a standard suitable for the use of radioisotopes and for the procedures being undertaken.
  • Assist in the preparation and enforcement of local laboratory safety rules.
  • Ensuring all radiation users receive the necessary training, instruction and supervision to perform their duties safely.
  • Ensuring that radiation users submit protocols to the S&H for approval before commencing work with radioisotopes.
  • Ensuring all orders for radioisotopes are processed through the S&H and that radioactive waste is properly packaged and delivered to the S&H for eventual disposal.
  • Ensuring the legal transport of radioactive materials within and between departments.
  • Ensure monthly wipe tests are performed, any contamination investigated and all reports submitted to the S&H for auditing.
  • Ensuring all monitoring equipment is maintained and regularly calibrated.
  • Ensuring all radiation personnel are monitored and where appropriate, undergo biological monitoring.
  • Investigate any radiation exposure or radioactive contamination incidents.
  • Report to the Head of School, or if necessary direct to the S&H, of any radiation hazards within the school or any non compliance with established procedures by radioisotope users.

 

The SRSO is expected to maintain records of:

  • Registration information, protocols and all orders placed and received.
  • Radioisotopes received, their use, movement and disposal.
  • Monitoring results from film badges, biological monitoring and wipe tests.
  • Calibrations of radiation detection and monitoring equipment.
  • Reports on any incidents or accidents.