What you need to know
All work with radioactive material must be conducted under the supervision of a PI who has been issued a Radiation Use Authorization (RUA) for the work. Each RUA contains terms and conditions specific to the approved use of the material. Use of radioactive material outside of the scope described in the RUA is strictly prohibited and can result in restriction or termination of the RUA.
A researcher who would like to work with radioactive material should check to see if his or her PI is already authorized. If the PI is not authorized, the options include:
- Having the PI submit an RUA application
- Finding a PI who is willing to sponsor and be accountable for the work that will be performed
- Seeing if you meet the training and experience qualifications to be considered a PI for radioactive material work, so that you can apply for an RUA
Applying for an RUA
The RUA application process starts by contacting the Radiation Safety team. A health physicist will work with you to get the information needed for the RUA application.
All RUA applications are reviewed by either the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) or the radiation safety officer.
Verifying Radiation Use Authorizations
Twice per year, an RUA Verification Report is sent to all PIs who possess a Radiation Use Authorization.
The PI or designated RUA contact is required to:
- Review the information (locations, material, conditions, meters and personnel) on the verification report to verify whether it is correct. Discrepancies should be noted on the report.
- Return the RUA Verification Report to EH&S within 30 days.
EH&S's Radiation Safety team may conduct periodic RUA audits.