Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Unsealed radioisotopes

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


3 days.

Sixteen lectures and information sessions from radiation safety professionals over two days, followed by practical work and the course examination on day three.


21st - 23rd February 2023

9:00am - 5:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday; 9:00am - 3:00pm Thursday


Lectures venue Physics room 2.16 and Laboratory Sessions venue TBA



UWA staff and students: no charge, others: $400 + GST

Please be advised that non-attendees who fail to give three days notice or produce a medical certificate will be charged the full amount.


20 people

This course is intended for academic staff, general staff, postgraduate students and honours students who are required to work with unsealed radioisotopes.

For non staff and non students the payment of $440.00 can be made at this link  

It is designed to provide participants with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable them to safely handle radioisotopes in a research environment.

All new unsealed radioisotope users at UWA are required to have attended and passed this course within the first year of using radioisotopes, preferably before they start such work.

The course satisfies the training requirements for a licence for unsealed radioactive substances (research) under the Radiation Safety Act 1975.


You will learn:

  • basic radiation physics
  • properties of ionising radiations
  • external and internal radiation hazards
  • radiation detection and measurement
  • safe working techniques
  • decontamination and emergency procedures
  • radioactive waste management
  • general laboratory safety
  • radioisotope laboratory design
  • biological effects of ionising radiations
  • radiation in perspective
  • legal aspects of radiation usage
  • radiation calculations
  • laboratory previews
  • course review.

Radiation safety procedures at UWA

  1. Registration and licensing requirements
  2. Inspections of premises and equipment
  3. Advice and training of users
  4. Ten golden rules for radioisotope work
  5. Local working rules
  6. Approval of protocol applications
  7. Ordering of radioisotopes
  8. Routine wipe testing
  9. Personnel monitoring
  10. Urinalysis and thyroid monitoring
  11. Incident and accident investigation
  12. Radioactive waste disposal.

Immediately following the lectures, students must attend on a third day to complete the practical work and sit the course examination. A comprehensive set of course notes is provided before the course starts, and it is expected that attendees have read the notes before they attend.


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