This course is intended for academic staff, general staff, postgraduate students and honours students who are required to work with unsealed radioisotopes.
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
- Registration and licensing requirements
- Inspections of premises and equipment
- Advice and training of users
- Ten golden rules for radioisotope work
- Local working rules
- Approval of protocol applications
- Ordering of radioisotopes
- Routine wipe testing
- Personnel monitoring
- Urinalysis and thyroid monitoring
- Incident and accident investigation
- 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.