Radionuclide Safety and Methodology Course
Risk Management Services offers a comprehensive course in the safe handling of open radioactive sources. The completion of the course is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to using radioactive materials at UBC.
This course is also open to non-UBC personnel at a charge of $250.00. Please contact the Radiation Safety Office for access instructions.
The course meets the basic training requirements of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and consists of an online component containing 7 modules, with a quiz associated with each section. A final exam reviews all course material. The fundamentals of radiation physics are covered and emphasis is placed on practical handling techniques, health hazards, legal requirements, record keeping and waste disposal. Spill management is addressed in the practical session.
Upon completion of the online modules, students who have not previously taken the Radiation Safety Course are required to sign up for a laboratory practical session. These are currently scheduled in January, May and September each year. Additional sessions may be offered if warranted by demand. Failure to complete both the online and practical sessions precludes certification.
A certificate is awarded to those individuals who successfully complete the course. The passing grade is 100%. Certification is valid for a period of 5 years.
Persons wishing to renew their authorized status after the initial 5 year certification period must retake the Radionuclide Safety and Methodology course but are not required to attend the lab practical session. This option will be apparent when completing the course material.
The Radionuclide Safety and Methodology Course Reference Manual is available through the Forms and Publications section of our website. A scientific calculator is necessary for some exam questions. We will provide access to documents required for the practical session when your registration is confirmed.
For more information, please contact the Radiation Safety Office:
Presentations from our last Radiation Safety Course, held in September 2011:
- Day One: Introduction
- Day Two: Part I The Practical Stuff
- Day Two: Part II Radiation Safety in the Working Environment
- Day Two: Part III Signage and Waste Management