Governance

RADIATION SAFETY COMMITTEE

In accordance with state and federal regulations, the Radiation Safety Committee must evaluate all proposals for, and maintain surveillance over, all uses of radioactive materials. Specific responsibilities include:

  • formulating general policy governing the use of radiation producing equipment and radioactive materials,
  • reviewing and approving all requests for the use of radiation producing machines and radioactive material on campus,
  • determining that all individuals authorized to use radiation producing machines and radioactive materials have sufficient training and experience to enable them to perform their duties safely,
  • establishing a program to ensure that all individuals whose duties may require them to work in the vicinity of radioactive material or radiation producing machines are properly instructed about all appropriate health and safety matters, and
  • conducting an annual review of the radiation safety program to determine that all activities are being conducted safely and in accordance with California Radiation Control Regulations and the university's license.

Meetings of the Radiation Safety Committee will be held at least quarterly. Committee members are drawn from a pool of faculty who are either physicians or other individuals knowledgeable and experienced in the use of radioactive materials and radiation producing machines for diagnosis and therapy or research. The pool of faculty is constructed from three sources: nominations by the Faculty Senate, nominations by deans, and self-nominations by the faculty.

Membership shall include physicians with expertise in the use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing machines for diagnosis and therapy and faculty members with expertise in the use of radioactive materials for non-human research. The membership shall also include two ex-officio members with vote- the Associate Senior Vice President, Career and Protective Services and the Radiation Safety Officer.

The members shall serve for a term of one year. The chairman shall be designated by the Senior Vice President for Administration and shall be selected from among the faculty representatives on the Committee.

The Committee reports administratively to the President through the Senior Vice President for Administration and works closely with the Associate Senior Vice President for Career and Protective Services, whose office provides the staff support to the Committee.

July, 2011