Most radioactive material (RAM) ordered at UW is shipped to the Radiation Safety
Office in the Health Sciences Building, Room T274. It is then delivered to the research labs
by Radiation Safety Technicians. This ensures that all packages are free of contamination
and are properly inventoried. Before ordering radioactive material, a user must
first possess a Radioactive Material Use Authorization (RMUA).
Obtaining a new authorization to use radioactive
material at the UW can be a detailed process and many factors are
considered. Typically it is the Principal Investigator of a
laboratory that carries the RAM authorization for that lab. If
you are interested in obtaining such an authorization, please
call 206.543.0463 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Once an authorization is in place, the
radionuclides and quantities allowed to be possessed at any one
time will be established. As new radioactive material is ordered
and disposed, a running total of the authorization's inventory is
maintained by Radiation Safety. Items are added to users' inventories when
they are checked in, and removed when the user submits the
Radioactive Material Usage Record (Form 160).
- Log into
- Review the Guide for Ordering Radioactive Items from Perkin Elmer
or the Guide for Ordering Radioactive Items from Other Vendors for instructions
of how to place radioactive orders in Ariba.
- To expedite the process, list the "Ship To" location as Radiation Safety (just type "radiation" and it should show up)
and the "Deliver To" field as the person you would like the material delivered to (even though it asks for a lab). Put the PI's name and lab delivery location in the comments section.
Orders received before 11:00 am will be processed the same business day.
- The Radiation Safety Office verifies that the Authorized Investigator is
authorized for the type and quantity of radioactive material
- The vendor ships the item to Radiation Safety's receiving
office (T274, Health Sciences Building, 206.543.6328) where it is
logged into the UW Radioactive Materials database.
- Once all of the day's incoming boxes are logged in, they are
distributed to the labs by Radiation Safety.
If the lab requesting new material is not
authorized for the radionuclide in question, or if the new order
will exceed the activity limits of the authorization, the lab
will be contacted by Radiation
The most common problem with ordering new RAM is
exceeding activity limits which is easily solved by disposing of
material currently on-hand. Typically the material on-hand has
already been disposed of, but the disposal forms (Form 160) have
not yet been sent to Radiation Safety. If a need can be
demonstrated, it is also possible to increase the limit set for a