Any personnel desiring to begin radioactive material work must become "Approved Users" (AU), must work under an "Approved" PI, and must complete a Radiation Safety Training course prior to beginning work. The courses consist of basic radiation safety, MSU Rules and Regulations, and hands-on training with instruments and small radioactive sources. 

 

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Description: This course covers the basic fundamentals of X/Gamma ray usage. 
Duration: 1 Hour 
Intended Audience: Training for operators and support staff using radiation generating equipment 
Prerequisites: None 
How you will benefit: At the conclusion of the course you will understand the following topics pertinent to your specific job function:

  • Applicable regulations
  • Operator responsibilities
  • Potential radiation hazards in work areas
  • Steps to minimize exposure (ALARA)
  • Operator safety
  • Basic radiation biology
  • Risk estimates, including caparison with other health risk
  • Radiation effects on skin
  • Policy on radiation and pregnancy
  • Recording of beam usage time
  • Reporting high or accidental exposures
  • Occupational dose limits and proper use of dosimetry
  • Department-specific work rules
  • Policy on transporting radiation producing machines
  • Procedure risks

Course Materials: Participants will receive a packet with course related information. 
Completion Information: Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be eligible to work with X/Gamma ray emitting equipment. Training certificates are available upon request.

Description: This course covers the basic fundamentals of radiation and radiation safety
Duration: 1 Hour
Intended Audience: Ancillary personnel are defined as workers who enter radiation use areas to perform their duties but have no direct use of radioactive material or radiation producing machines. 
Prerequisites: None 
How you will benefit: At the conclusion of the course you will understand the following in regards to radiation safety: 

  • Potential radiation hazards in each area where the employees will work
  • Posting requirements of areas where radioactive material /radiation is used and/or stored
  • Basic radiation protection to include concepts of time, distance, and shielding
  • Contact information for reporting unsafe conditions to the ORC

Course Materials: Participants will receive a packet with course related information. 
Completion Information: Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be eligible to work in proximity radioactive material or radiation generating equipment.

 Description: This is a mandatory course for laboratory workers with direct use of radioactive materials and PIs overseeing radiation work. The course covers basic radiation fundamentals and safety, as well as MSU rules governing the use of these materials. 
Duration: 3.5 Hours 
Intended Audience: Individuals handling, disposing of, and storing Radioactive Materials. All individuals taking this course must also take Laboratory Safety for Laboratory Workers (or equivalent) to work in a lab setting. 
Prerequisites: None 
How you will benefit: At the conclusion of the course you will understand the following in regards to radiation safety: 
  • Applicable regulations
  • Atomic structure
  • Alpha, beta, and gamma radiation
  • Radioactivity units
  • Radioactive decay
  • Background radiation
  • Steps to minimize exposure (ALARA)
  • Radiation protection principles
  • Radiation surveys
  • Radiation inventory
  • Recordkeeping
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Waste disposal
  • Policy on transporting radioactive material
  • Occupational dose limits and proper use of dosimetry
  • Policy on radiation and pregnancy
  • Purchase, receipt, and storage of radioactive material
  • Radiation instrumentation
  • Spill and contamination procedure (non-emergency)
  • Emergency response
Course Materials: Participants will receive a packet with course related information. The course will also offer verbal discussion and interactive scenarios. 
Completion Information: Upon completion of the course and passing the written exam, participants will be added to their Principle Investigator's Authorization and be allowed to work with Radioactive Materials at MSU. A certification from this course is valid for 3 years.
 Description: This refresher course gives an overview of the Radiation Safety for RAM Laboratory Workers course including basic radiation principles, safe use, and safe handling principles. The course also offers the participant to ask any questions pertaining to Radioactive Materials, Nuclear Gauges, or related principles. 
Duration: 1 Hour
Intended Audience: Authorized users of Radioactive Materials 
Prerequisites: Radiation Safety for RAM Laboratory Workers or Nuclear Gauge Safety 
How you will benefit: At the conclusion of the course you will be able to: 
  • Identify types of radiation
  • Identify sources of radiation
  • Identify and appropriately use Personal Protective Equipment
  • Know procedures for disposing of Radioactive Materials
  • Use a survey meter to understand contamination levels
  • Decontaminate surfaces
  • Store RAM
Course Materials: Attendees will be engaged in discussion and question/answer segments. No handouts will be issued unless requested. 
Completion Information: Upon completion of the course, the attendee may continue to use Radioactive Materials under their authorized PI. A certification from this course is valid for 1 year.