Analytical X-Ray Safety: Training and Monitoring
X-Ray safety training is required for all personnel using X-Ray equipment at Auburn University. Training for X-Ray users includes instruction in the basic principles of X-Ray radiation protection and the applicable policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements. Even if you've attended X-Ray safety training at other institutions, you're required to complete specific Auburn University training. Initial training is conducted in two parts and must be done consecutively. The first part of training is conducted by the RSO and can be scheduled on an individual or group basis. Contact the RSO to schedule an initial X-Ray safety training. The second part of training is referred to as 'on-the-job' or 'hands-on' training where you and your PI will complete a certificate of training emphasizing on lab specific protocols and safety, security of X-Ray equipment and emergency procedures. A copy of this certificate must be submitted to RSO. All personnel including students using X-Ray equipment at the university must complete annual refresher X-Ray safety training followed by a short quiz. Contact the RSO to schedule a refresher X-Ray safety training. Annual X-Ray safety training helps the Radiation Safety Office in keeping track of current and/or active X-Ray users. Additional vendor-provided equipment training may be required by the RSO.
To monitor exposures and to ensure adherence to ALARA practices, area monitors will be provided by the Radiation Safety Office. These area monitors must be posted in close proximity of the X-Ray equipment. The Radiation Safety staff will exchange these dosimetry devices on a semiannual basis. It is the responsibility of the PI to ensure dosimetry is returned to the Radiation Safety Office in a timely manner for processing.