Mandatory annual training for personnel who access radiation posted areas (non-radiation workers).
Radioactive material and x-ray machines are safely used in a
wide variety of research programs at the University at Buffalo.
Many UB personnel in the course of their duties are required to
enter and work in areas where radiation sources are used or stored.
This guide is designed to provide mandatory annual training for
those personnel who are NOT considered radiological workers. This
training does NOT qualify an individual to directly work with
radioactive material or radiation generating equipment.
Radiation Source Use
Possession and use of radioactive material and x-ray equipment at UB is authorized by the New York State Department of Health (DOH). The Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) Services Radiation Safety Division implements a Radiation Safety Program required by the DOH. This program is designed to protect the health and safety of the members of the UB community and the public by maintaining exposures to radiation as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).
Radiation Cautionary Signs
All items used for radioactive materials work in the labs such as test tubes, glassware, refrigerators, bench tops, water baths, fume hoods, etc., are required to be labeled with "Radioactive Material" signs or stickers.
The basic cautionary sign is shown here. Actual signs may vary in size and include other explanatory information. All work areas are designated with similar cautionary signs.
In addition, the doorway to every room authorized for radioactive material or x-ray use is posted with a general "Caution" sign (shown below) displaying the radiation symbol and one of several classification types (such as "open source" or x-ray machine type). These signs serve as a guide to indicate the types hazardous materials allowed in the labs and to alert others to the potential hazard in a particular area. Also indicated on the sign are emergency response information and emergency contact phone numbers.
Instructions for Employees
Under normal conditions, entry into any class radioactive materials laboratory for deliveries, housekeeping duties, etc. does not present a hazard. Such personnel do not require radiation monitoring (dosimeters) since their duties do not involve working directly with radioactive material. The following set of rules should be observed at all times:
OBEY all cautionary signs. They mean what they say.
DO NOT PERFORM any work on items labeled with radioactive cautionary signs.
DO NOT HANDLE items that are labeled with a Cautionary Sign.
DO NOT HANDLE or EMPTY radioactive waste containers.
DO NOT EAT, DRINK or SMOKE in radioactive material laboratories.
DO NOT attempt to CLEAN UP A RADIOACTIVE SPILL.
DO NOT operate X-Ray Equipment.
LOCK all posted rooms when unattended.
When escorting an untrained person, make sure that the individual follows these instructions.
In case any worker becomes accidentally contaminated with radioactive material or if contamination is suspected:
Contact EH&S anytime for answers to questions concerning
radiation safety at the State University of New York at
To complete your Radiation Safety Awareness training, fill in an submit the certification form below. You will receive a confirmation "Training Certification" email. Place a copy of that email with your Principal Investigator's training records.