Analytical X-Ray Safety Information for Principal Investigators
Principal Investigator (PI)
Operation of analytical X-Ray equipment must be performed under the supervision of a Principal Investigator (PI) that has been approved by Auburn University Radiation Safety Committee (RSC). The approved individual or PI can be a faculty or staff member who is knowledgeable in the operation of analytical X-Ray equipment. If you intend to use analytical X-Ray equipment in your laboratory, you must first apply to obtain authorization to possess or operate X-Ray equipment. Your application will be reviewed and approved by the Radiation Safety Committee or you may be granted interim approval by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).
X-Ray Authorization Application Forms, Documents & Information:
Analytical X-Ray Equipment Acquisition, Registration, and Tracking
Prior to acquiring, purchasing, or moving analytical X-Ray equipment, PI must notify The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) in advance to assess the intended space and to ensure that minimum requirements are met. Analytical X-Ray units are registered with the State by notifying the RSO. The RSO will then arrange to meet with the X-Ray supervisor to obtain the information needed to complete the registration process.
PI must notify the RSO prior to moving, transferring, or disposing of a unit. The RSO will provide further instructions regarding the required forms and procedures to be followed. For disposal or transfer of an analytical X-Ray unit through University Surplus, PI must notify the RSO in advance of the pick-up or transfer and comply with the procedures. Equipment should not be transferred to Surplus until the RSO has been notified and formally released the unit for proper disposal.
- Written step-by-step instructions necessary to accomplish the analysis are required for each analytical X-Ray device and must be available to all X-Ray users and students, as applicable.
- These procedures must provide instruction for sample insertion and manipulation, equipment alignment, routine maintenance, and any data recording procedures that are related to radiation safety.
- The PI is expected to ensure no individual operates the analytical X-Ray equipment in any manner other than that prescribed in the normal operating procedures.
- Any procedure, maintenance or alignment that requires access to the primary X-Ray beam with any local component of the system disassembled or removed requires prior approval by the Radiation Safety Office.
- If an individual suspects they have received an X-Ray beam exposure or other non-beam injury, they should first seek immediate medical attention without delay.
- When possible, close the X-Ray beam shutter and/or turn off the X-Ray system.
- Notify RSO at the first opportunity. Contact RSO at 334- 844-6233
- If there is a fire, pull the fire alarm, evacuate the building and contact 911.
- The equipment supervisor of the injured individual(s) should be notified to ensure action is taken to prevent any further injury to other personnel.
- Do not resume X-Ray unit operations without RSO approval.