New users of Ionising Radiation

I'm going to be using ionising radiation in the university, what do I need to do?

I will be using radioactive material (i.e. open sources):

  1. Discuss your project with your Principal Investigator (PI) and Radiation Safety Coordinator (RSC). The RSC is the first point of contact who will be able to direct you through the process.
    Find your RSC here 
  2. Complete the on-line training course for new users of unsealed sources.
    This e-learning module is located in the Radiation Safety Training area in Minerva which is a self-enrol organisation and is available for all staff and students.  Once you have enrolled go to the 'Ionising radiation' folder to find the course.
    Enrol to Radiation Safety Training here.
  3. Complete a practical training session.
    At the end of the course is a short assessment. When you have passed the assessment you will then be given instructions of how to arrange a practical training session at Health and Safety Services [this will take approximately 45 minutes of your time].
  4. Complete local radiation induction training.
    Print off the training form via the link below and after successfully completing your local induction training you must get the form signed by your PI (not applicable to academic staff).
    download training form here
  5. Register on the RSID system at http://rsid.leeds.ac.uk/ by clicking the Apply button and fully completing the application form.  Then take your signed local training form to your RSC who will authorise your application on RSID.

After completing all of the above requirements you will receive your permit by email and your RSID account will be activated. Permits are valid for one academic year and must be renewed on an annual basis.

I will be using sealed radioactive sources:

Most sealed sources are either contained within equipment or are very small sources used in teaching or for testing/calibrating instrumentation.

  1. Discuss your project with your PI and Radiation Safety Coordinator (RSC). The RSC will ensure that you receive any relevant induction training before you are allowed to use the equipment or sources.
  2. For most sealed sources there is usually no requirement to register on the RSID system or receive a permit, however your RSC will advise you if there are any special requirements for your application.

I will be using x-ray equipment:

Most x-ray equipment is housed in interlocked enclosures and in normal use there are no radiation emissions accessible to users.

  1. Discuss your project with your PI and Radiation Safety Coordinator (RSC). The RSC will ensure that you receive any relevant induction training before you are allowed to use the equipment.
  2. There is usually no requirement to register on the RSID system or receive a permit, however your RSC will advise you if there are any special requirements for your application.