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Ionising Radiation

Background

Ionising radiations (IR) occurs as either electromagnetic rays (such as X-rays and gamma rays) or particles (such as alpha and beta particles). IR occurs naturally (e.g. from the radioactive decay of natural radioactive substances, such as radon gas and its decay products) but can also be produced artificially.

There is a prescriptive set of environmental and safety regulations that our processes and procedures address.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • Appointment of key radiation pretention roles including a Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA) to provide expert advice to the University and Radiation Protection Supervisors (RPS) in specific areas, wherever ionizing radiation is used.
  • Produce local rules for each area involved in radiation work.
  • Obtain appropriate permits and provide appropriate notifications to the regulators.
  • Provide training to staff who work with radiation.
  • Monitor potential exposures to employees who work with radiation.
  • Overall governance provided by the Radiation Safety Committee.
  • Dispose of radioactive waste in line with University permits.

QMUL Documents

QMUL Ionising Radiation Policy, Guidance and Arrangements [PDF 915KB]

 Uranyl Acetate - Waste Disposal Procedure [DOC 21KB]

Primary legislation

References

Contacts

Dr Mark Ariyanayagam - Health & Safety Manager (SMD) and Ionising Radiation Protection Officer (QMUL)

Steven Carter - Health and Safety Manager (Sc & Eng) and Non-Ionising Radiation Protection Officer (QMUL)

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