Quick Start Guide
Chapter 21: Radiation Safety
Program: Radiation Safety
Revision Record: http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/Pub3000Changes.html
Who needs to know about these requirements?
The requirements of Radiation Safety at Berkeley Lab apply to:
- Berkeley Lab employees, participating guests, visitors, and subcontractors
Whenever they are:
- Accessing areas posted for radiation protection purposes
- Working with radioactive materials or radiation-producing devices or otherwise may be exposed to ionizing radiation because of work
- Planning to change an existing space, e.g., remodeling, installing new or different lab equipment, etc.
- Performing facility maintenance, repairs, or demolitions
- Planning a new project or experiment that could have an effect on any of the above
The unsafe use of radioactive materials or radiation-producing machines, or causing change to an area that contains or uses radioactive materials or radiation-producing machines, may result in:
- Consequences to human health, including illness or death
- Damage to equipment, property, or the environment
- Violation of applicable federal laws and DOE requirements
- Additional cost that could adversely impact budgets
- Personal legal liability that may result in civil and/or criminal penalties
- The denied use of Berkeley Lab facilities for research
Where to find out more:
Contact RPG for help:
If there is an emergency, follow SWIMS:
- Stop working. If safe to do so, stop the spill.
- Warn others.
- Isolate the area.
- Monitor yourself.
- Stay in or near the area until help arrives.
- Call ext. 7911 or 9-911 immediately if there is a medical emergency or danger to life, health, or the environment.
- Call ext. 7277 (the Radiation Protection Group) immediately if there is NO medical emergency or danger to life, health, or the environment.