Radiation Safety Training and Information
Information for laboratory workers using radioactive material:
What is the goal of Radiation Safety Training?
The radiation safety training that we provide teaches the basics of working with radioisotopes in research laboratories, including the following topics: basics of radioactivity, health effects of ionizing radiation, radiation protection techniques, Licensing and regulations, and laboratory policies and procedures.
Who should receive training?
Any personnel planning on working directly with radioactive material must receive Radiation Safety Training prior to handling material. Students, post-docs, lab technicians, etc. must have documented training in radiation safety before working with radiation.
How can I sign up?
You will need to email Radiation Safety for training. You will need to borrow a training video and take a short quiz. You must then schedule a personalized in lab training session when you return the video and quiz to radiation safety.
Pregnant women occupationally exposed to radiation have the option of limiting radiation exposure to their embryo/fetus to 500 mrem during pregnancy. To do so, the woman must voluntarily notify ORS in writing of her pregnancy and the estimated date of conception (month and year only).
Declared pregnant woman means a woman who has voluntarily informed the Office of Radiation Safety, in writing, of her pregnancy and the estimated date of conception. The declaration remains in effect until the declared pregnant woman withdraws the declaration in writing or is no longer pregnant.
Declaration of Pregnancy (DOCX) A form letter for the purposes of declaring pregnancy. The employee may choose to use the form letter, or provide her own written notification. The declaration must contain, at a minimum, the name of the employee, a statement that she is pregnant, her estimated date of conception (month and year only) and the department/service of employment.
The Declaration may be sent to the employee's immediate supervisor, or to ORS. If the immediate supervisor is notified, the supervisor must promptly notify ORS.
Training and Information - ORS provides the following information to staff concerning the health effects/risks associated with exposure of the fetus during pregnancy, and methods of maintaining radiation exposure within the dose limits, and As Low As Reasonably Achievable. ORS will evaluate the working conditions to determine compliance with fetus/embryo radiation exposure limits.
Please contact ORS for additional information.
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents on pregnancy and radiation:
Health Physics Society
Pregnancy and Radiation (PDF)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
This web page is designed to provide an online training and testing resource to meet the requirement listed above.
Who is required to take the exam? View the X-Ray Use Policy. (FH Intranet)Instructions:
Read the syllabus, "Medical Fluoroscopy: A Guide for Safe Use." This study guide may be viewed online, or print out a copy for reference.This study guide may be viewed online, or print out a copy for reference.
Login to take the exam. You must correctly answer 80% of the questions (16 out of 20) to receive a passing score. You may use the syllabus as a reference, this is an "open book" test.
You will be notified by email of your score. If you receive a passing score, the Medical Staffing Office will be automatically notified and your credential recorded. If you have not achieved a passing score, you must retake the exam (no limit on the number of retakes).
If you have trouble logging in to the system, please contact one of the following:
Robin Neel, Special Assistant, Sr. VP Medical Affairs
MCW Office of Radiation Safety
DOT Hazmat training is required for all persons who prepare radioactive packages for shipment on public highways or by air, rail or water. Refresher training is required for shippers of packages by ground transport every 3 years; every 2 years for shippers of packages by air.
View or download the syllabus: DOT training slides (PPT)
Send completed quiz to the Office of Radiation Safety.