Radiation Safety Committee

CONTACT INFORMATION

For the person completing this report.

Stephen Pate

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOARD

Official Name of the Board

Radiation Safety Committee

Effective date of establishment

01/1974

Authorized by

Regents Policy Manual (RPM)

Board Reports To (if applicable)

Vice President for Research

Scope of Impact

System

Type of Board

Standing

Purpose

The university established the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) to serve as a review and approval body for the use of radioactive materials, x-ray generating equipment and other radiation-producing devices used for university research or teaching purposes to ensure activities are in compliance with local, State and Federal regulations governing the use of ionizing radiation. The RSC also develops and enforces safety guidelines for authorized users of radioactive materials and radiation-producing devices.

Authority

University employees wishing to use radioactive materials or radiation-producing devices in research, operations or teaching must submit a proposal of their activities to the RSC for approval prior to beginning the activity.

MEMBERSHIP

What is the process for selecting a chair?

Office of Vice President for Research appoints the Chair.

Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year

Name

Mary O'Connell

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Co-Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year

Co-chair Name

Stephen Pate

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Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year

Name

Stephen Pate

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Co-Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year

Additional Membership Details

Members are appointed by

Combination

Position appointment description

Appointments of technical members represent various types of uses, materials or techniques. The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) is employed by Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management (EHS&RM) and is a voting member of the committee.

Is membership representative?

Yes

Please describe how the membership is representative.

Appointments of technical members represent various types of uses, materials or techniques. The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) is employed by Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management (EHS&RM) and is a voting member of the committee.

What university function/office is responsible for appointments?

The Office of Vice President for Research

What are the terms of appointment?

Two-year, renewable

Are terms staggered?

Yes

Are members subject to reappointment?

Yes

Please explain the conditions under which members are subject to reappointment.

Reappointments occur on a biennial basis.

What is the process for filling vacant positions?

Members of the RSC offer suggestions to the Chair and upon committee concurrence, the chair evaluates the potential member’s interest in serving. Chair then submits the recommendation to the Vice President for Research for formal appointment to the committee.

Member List
Name Title Member Type
Mary O'Connell Regents Professor Voting Member
Stephen Pate Professor Voting Member
Katrina Doolittle Executive Director, EHS&RM Voting Member
Frank Ramos Associate Professor Voting Member
Punam Thakur Senior Research Scientist Voting Member
Tammara Chaffee Associate Professor Voting Member
David Schoep Asst. Director, Research Safety; Radiation Safety Officer Voting Member
MEETINGS & ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

What university office/function provides administrative support to this board?

Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management

What are the requirements for the number of meetings to be held annually?

RSC must meet at intervals not to exceed 12 months.

Was the requirement for the number of meetings met?

Yes

List of Meeting Dates

November 16, 2017

Major Accomplishments

• Reviewed and approved all activities conducted under Radioactive Material Licenses AN317-44 (main campus); AN317-15 (CEMRC license) and various Radiation Machine Certificates of Registration (COR) issued to the university.
• Dr. Tammera Chaffee (DACC Radiologic Technology Program) was appointed to the committee as a replacement for Michael Stewart.
• Completed annual program reviews for the activities covered under each of main radioactive material licenses.
• Modified portable x-ray safety training requirements requiring users to complete refresher training annually.


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