Radiation Safety Checklist

Use the Radiation Safety Checklist to assess working environments through inspections of radioisotope safety, electrophoresis, radiation devices, etc.

Radiation Safety Checklist



Right-to-Know

1. Is the “Notice to Employees” poster displayed in appropriate numbers and locations?


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2. Are appropriate radiation warning signs posted at the entrance(s)?


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3. Are emergency procedures and phone numbers posted?


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4. Are radioactive material and radiation-producing devices secured to prevent unauthorized access?


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5. Is the “State Regulations for Protection Against Radiation” policy available?


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6. Is the “Radiation Safety Manual” available?


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7. Do all personnel have documented training of the appropriate type?


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8. Are the appropriate personnel supplied with dosimeters?


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Radioisotope Safety

1. Is the work area orderly and free of clutter?


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2. Is food, drink, applying cosmetics, etc., prohibited?


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3. Is mouth pipetting prohibited?


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4. Is personal protective equipment available and worn appropriately?


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5. Are hands washed before exiting the work area?


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6. Are accurate and up-to-date isotope receiving logs kept and available for inspection?


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7. Are accurate and up-to-date isotope use logs kept and available for inspection?


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8. Are semi-annual inventories performed, documented, and copies sent to RSO?


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9. Is the area surveyed for contamination at least weekly?


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10. Is a wipe test and contamination survey log kept and available for inspection?


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11. Have survey meters been calibrated within the last twelve (12) months?


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12. Are survey meters in good working order?


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13. Are survey meter check sources available and used?


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14. Are bioassays performed, and documented, and copies sent to RSO as necessary?


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15. Are refrigerators, hoods, storage cabinets, and waste receptacles clearly and appropriately labeled?


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16. Are isotopes marked with name, activity, and assay date?


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17. Is waste properly labeled and stored before disposal?


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18. Are accurate and up-to-date isotope disposal logs kept and available for inspection?


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19. Are radioactive markings obliterated on non-contaminated items before disposal via the building’s solid waste?


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20. Are semi-annual leak tests performed on sealed sources and records maintained?


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Electrophoresis/Sequencing Devices

1. Are written operating procedures readily available?


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2. Is the power supply marked “DANGER – HIGH VOLTAGE?”


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3. Is the sequencing unit marked “DANGER – HIGH VOLTAGE?”


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4. Is the power “ON” lamp on the power supply working and visible from the work area?


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5. Is the power “ON” switch readily accessible?


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6. Are all electrical contacts guarded against operator contact?


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7. Are all power leads insulated and undamaged?


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8. Is the AC power cord a grounded type and undamaged?


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9. Is the unit cover safety interlocked?


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10. Are the unit and power supply located away from the sink?


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11. Are appropriate personnel trained in CPR?


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Radiation Producing Devices

1. Is a copy of the Registration posted?


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2. Are operating and emergency procedures posted?


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3. Are quarterly safety device tests performed and documented in a log?


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4. Are annual inspections performed and documented?


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5. Is the control panel marked with appropriate warnings?


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