Introduction to Electromagnetic Radiation Management
Electromagnetic radiation is used in a variety of teaching and research areas throughout the University. Some types of electromagnetic radiation can affect people’s health and cause damage to property or the environment.
Types of electromagnetic radiation used at the University include:
- Ionising Radiation, such as:
- open sources
- closed sources
- radiation emitting apparatus;
- Non-ionising Radiation, such as:
- NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance)
Some of the compliance requirements for radiation management can be quite complex. The Radiation Risk Management procedures and associated guidance material aim to provide simple, directive guidance on how to achieve compliance in regard to electromagnetic radiation management at the University of Melbourne.
Procedures and Guidance Materials
Plan and Procedures
- Ionising radiation management plan
- Ionising radiation risk management procedure
- Non-ionising radiation risk management procedure
Ionising Radiation Risk Assessment Form Radioactive Material
(eg x-ray machine)
Sealed Source Apparatus
(eg calibration sealed source, moisture gauge)
Non-Ionising Radiation Risk Assessment Form Laser Microwaves UV Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
- Where corrective actions are required this template can be used with risk assessment templates without an Health & Safety action plan.
- See Also Implement on the Management System page.
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Committee
The Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Committee (ERSC) is an advisory committee tasked with considering, reviewing and advising on the development and maintenance of the University of Melbourne’s electromagnetic radiation policies, plans and procedures. The ERSC reports to the Associate Director, Health & Safety, University Services.
Radiation Safety Certification Program
Ionising Radiation Laboratories
Laboratories using ionising radiation require University ionising radiation laboratory certification. The purpose of this certification is to ensure that the laboratory:
- complies with legal requirements;
- complies with University requirements; and
- adopts the radiation protection principles when undertaking ionising radiation activities.
The program is undertaken as self- certification process by radiation laboratory staff and/or the DRSO. The University Radiation Safety Advisor audits a sample number of laboratories annually.
Records of certification are maintained centrally by University Services, Health & Safety. Certification is repeated biennially.
Checklist for use during the self inspection:
Ionising radiation laboratory certification checklist
Laser Laboratories Class 3B and 4
The Laser Certification program is currently under review.
Checklist to help you prepare for the inspection:
Preparing for radiation certification inspection in a laser laboratory/practice
Checklist for use during the inspection:
Class 3B and Class 4 laser laboratory certification checklist
Safe Radiation Practices - Ionising
Ensures an awareness of University and legal requirements for the safe use of ionising radiation in a laboratory environment. Please discuss with your Department Radiation Safety Officer (DRSO) to enquire if this course is appropriate for you. Refer to Ionising Radiation Guidance Material for more information regarding ionising radiation.
Please note that this course is currently in development and will be avaliable in Train ME in Quarter 1 of 2018.
Safe Radiation Practices - Laser
Ensures an awareness of University and legal requirements for the safe use of lasers.
- Departmental Radiation Safety Officers (DRSOs)
- More information and assistance
- Health & Safety: Ionising radiation management guidelines
- Phosphorus-32 risk assessment
- Phosphorus-33 risk assessment
Radiation Safety Certification Program
- Ionising radiation laboratory certification checklist
- Preparing for radiation certification inspection in a laser laboratory/practice
- Class 3B and Class 4 laser laboratory certification checklist