Carnegie Mellon University uses ionizing radiation emitted from radioactive material (RAM) and radiation-producing devices (RPD) for teaching and research purposes. These activities may present risks to the user, to other individuals and to the environment. Therefore, the university’s Radiation Safety Program (RSP) has two major objectives. To achieve full compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing the use of RAM and RPDs and to ensure that persons engaged in these activities keep their radiation exposures "as low as reasonably achievable" (ALARA).
Carnegie Mellon’s RAM and RPD activities are licensed separately by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). The physical form and activity of the materials that the university may possess at any one time vary depending upon the licensure requirements.
Both licenses are available for inspection in the Radiation Safety Office located in room 313 of Mellon Institute.
The RSO is responsible for the day to day management of the Radiation Safety Program (RSP) and maintaining compliance with the regulations for the use of RAM and RPDs. The RSO is responsible for crafting policies and procedures necessary for an effective and compliant program. The RSO is a member of the RSC and works closely with the Radiation Safety Committee and Executive Management Representative (see below) in implementing the RSP. The RSO and his/her staff have full access to all activities involving the use of radioactive material and radiation producing devices. The RSO has the authority to terminate any activity in which health and safety appear to be compromised without consulting Executive Management Representative or the Radiation Safety Committee, if required.
The Executive Management Representative (EMR) is at the senior level of management and, as the delegate for the university’s President, has the ultimate responsibility for the licenses and the activities associated with the RSP. Therefore the EMR has a key role in overseeing implementation and management of the RSP.
The EMR is a member of the RSC, and attends all committee meetings.
The Radiation Safety Program relies on audits to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements. The program employs a risk based schedule; auditing RA holders actively using unsealed RAM on a monthly basis. All RA holders are audited at least quarterly. The audit is an inspection of laboratories listed on the RA. Compliance requirements are evaluated and radiation exposure assessment is performed either by meter survey, wipe test, or both. RAM inventories are also confirmed and updated as part of the audit. RPD’s are also subject to periodic inspections, with quarterly walk-throughs and annual scatter inspections performed by Radiation Safety Staff.
The Radiation Safety Department offers several services to faculty, staff, and students of Carnegie Mellon University.
- Receipt and shipment of RAM
- Radiation dosimetry and bioassays
- Radiation and radioactive contamination surveys
- Waste collection
- Audits and inspections
- Radiation detection and personal protective equipment recommendations
The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) has been established at Carnegie Mellon University and operates under the authorization of the university's president. It consists of faculty, research staff members, and university administrators, several of whom are knowledgeable in the safe use of sources of radiation. The committee develops and recommends radiation safety policy and monitors the progress and continuity of the RSP. Formal meetings of the committee are held quarterly, at which time it reviews all applications for proposed use of sources of radiation and either approves or denies these applications. A list of membership is below.
|Kelvin Gregory||CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING||
|Ron Ripper||CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERINGfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Adam Wise||MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERINGemail@example.com|
|Andrew Lawson||ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETYfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Martin Altschul||FMS OPERATIONS - MANAGEMENTemail@example.com|
|Madelyn Miller||ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETYfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Phil Campbell||MOLECULAR BIOSENSOR & IMAGING CTRemail@example.com|
|Christina Lee||BIOLOGICAL SCIENCESfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mark Banister||ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETYemail@example.com|
|Angela Reid||ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETYfirstname.lastname@example.org|