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Radiation Safety Program

Environmental Health & Safety

The purpose of the Radiation Safety Program at Boston College is to keep exposure to radiation as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) for users, workers, and the general community. This is done by using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), training users in regulatory compliance and safe handling practices, keeping work areas clean, and monitoring for accidents and spills of radioactive materials.

All workers in labs that use radioactive materials must attend Initial Radiation Safety Training, and investigators must have their protocols approved by Boston College’s Radiation Safety Committee. The Radiation Safety Committee meets on quarterly basis.

For more information on the Radiation Safety Program, please consult Boston College’s Radiation Safety Manual (pdf).

In the event of a radioactive spill, contact Eric Johnson at 617-552-0363. After hours, call the Boston College Police Department at 617-552-4444 and ask for the EHS Office to be contacted via RAVE Alert.


All individuals potentially exposed to radiation due to the nature of their own or their lab's work are required to have initial training for radiation exposure before they purchase or work with radioisotopes. Annual refresher training is required for all those cleared to work with radioisotopes.

During radiation safety training, certain instructions from regulatory agencies are presented. The documents below provide important information about occupational radiation exposure and prenatal radiation exposure:


Forms - Download to your desktop, complete form, save as, and submit as directed.

* Rad worker registration form
Bring this form with you when you attend Radiation Training.
* Principal Investigator Application Form
Complete this form and submit to the Radiation Safety Committee for review.
* Radioactive Waste Storage
Post in lab at waste collection area.
* Radio Nuclide Inventory
Post at isotope storage location.
* Radioactive Material Order Form
Submit completed form to RSO. Orders cannot be placed until you have the signed form returned to you. It may take up to 24 hours to get the authorization.
* Authorization to Possess and Use Equipment That Produces Ionizing Radiation
Submit this form if you use x-ray diffraction equipment.