I would like to welcome you to our online training material and hope you find this
an informative and convenient method to satisfy your annual training requirements.
As the Augusta University Radiation Safety Officer, I would like to take a few moments
to share some of our office's innovations that allow us to more effectively serve
We are currently using a networked Health Physics database that allows us to tie together all aspects of our radiation safety program, from personnel dosimetry to the large inventory of radioactive sources here at Augusta University. This improvement allows us to more rapidly process your procurement of radioisotopes.
Our instrument calibration services have also been greatly improved with the implementation of the database. The percentage of uncalibrated survey instruments has dropped dramatically. Tracking the calibration dates has also allowed our staff to more efficiently perform the calibration procedures and get the meters back to the laboratories for your use quickly. We can usually have the meters calibrated and returned to you in one day.
Any release of radioactive materials from Augusta University facilities may be considered a serious license violation and could potentially jeopardize your activities. To help assure compliance with all of Augusta University's waste disposal requirements, we have installed a radioactive waste monitor for all waste exiting the hospital. We have also installed a similar monitor at the rear loading dock of the Research and Education Building.
We have also spent considerable resources to prepare our office to respond to spills and other untoward situations. We have developed standard operating procedures, performed extensive training, and successfully participated in an Emergency Response Drill involving injured personnel contaminated with radioactive materials. Although we hope that these situations will never arise in the research facilities, we are ready to respond in a timely and effective manner to support you.
Other recent innovations include the temporary lab inactivation policy that is detailed in the training material and our increased efficiency in activating and deactivating research laboratories.