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.
  2. Register on the RSID system at http://rsid.leeds.ac.uk/ by clicking the Apply button and fully completing the application form.
  3. Complete the Level 1 on-line training course for new users of unsealed sources. This will help you to decide where you need to work, how to work safely with unsealed radioactive materials, and how to work within ‘The Rules’.
  4. At the end of the course is a short assessment. When you have passed send the results to the Radiation Protection Service, who will then offer you a date to get some practical training [this will take approximately 45 minutes of your time].
  5. Print off the training form via the link on the application form (or below) and after successfully completing your local induction training you must get the form signed by your PI (not applicable to academic staff) and then take it to your RSC who will authorise your application download training form here
  6. You will receive your permit by email within a few days 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.