Program Management-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Program Management

Organization

Radiation Safety Officer

Executive Management

Audits and Reviews

Services Offered

Radiation Safety Committee

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 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).


Organization

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. 

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Radiation Safety Officer

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.

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Executive Management

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.

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Audits and Reviews

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.

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Services Offered

The Radiation Safety Department offers several services to faculty, staff, and students of Carnegie Mellon University .

  • Training
  • 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
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Radiation Safety Committee

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.

Name Department Email
Barry Luokkala PHYSICS bl0a@andrew.cmu.edu
Curtis Meyer PHYSICS cmeyer@andrew.cmu.edu
Kelvin Gregory
CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

kelvin@cmu.edu

Ron Ripper CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING ronr@andrew.cmu.edu
Jim Miller CHEMICAL ENGINEERING jbmiller@andrew.cmu.edu
Jason Wolf MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING jwolf@cmu.edu
Andrew Lawson
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY alawson@andrew.cmu.edu
Martin Altschul FMS OPERATIONS - MANAGEMENT ma3q@cmu.edu
Madelyn Miller ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY mmiller@andrew.cmu.edu
Phil Campbell MOLECULAR BIOSENSOR & IMAGING CTR philc@andrew.cmu.edu
Christina Lee BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES thl@andrew.cmu.edu
Danith Ly CHEMISTRY dly@andrew.cmu.edu
Mark Banister ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY markb2@andrew.cmu.edu
Angela Reid ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY angelar@andrew.cmu.edu
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