Radioactive materials (Radionuclides)
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X-ray Producing Equipment
Currently, the University has only one designated radiation area containing an X-Ray Crystallography Set and its use is strictly controlled. To oversee the work in that area and to ensure the equipment is operated safely and within the legal requirements, a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) and a Local Radiation Assistant (LRA) have been appointed and Local Rules have been written - these Local Rules can be viewed and printed by clicking here.
In addition to the above, it is recognised that other equipment (such as Electron Microscopes and Electron Spectrometers) also have the potential for producing X-rays. However, the design of this equipment prevents the escape of X-rays and, thus, the location or the equipment itself does not require any special designation or written local rules. In view of the low risk of exposure from this equipment, an LRA, rather than an RPS, has been appointed to oversee the use of this equipment and, instead of local rules, a procedural document has been written and can be viewed and printed by clicking here.
Note: Any piece of equipment that generates electron or ion beams accelerated by voltages in excess of 5kV should be regarded as a possible source of ionising radiations (X-rays) - ‘home-made’ equipment is potentially the most hazardous. Any equipment that falls (or is suspected to fall) into this category should be bought to the attention of the appropriate School personnel and the Site Radiation Officer so that a suitable and sufficient assessment can be made.