About

The University of Pittsburgh Radiation Safety Office is responsible for ensuring that all sources of licensed radioactive material and ionizing radiation producing equipment, which fall under its responsibility, are used optimally and safely. The office also ensures that these sources of ionizing radiation are used in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and with institutional licenses. 

The University of Pittsburgh Radiation Safety Program covers all of the main and regional campuses in addition to UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside, UPMC Children’s Hospital, and UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

The Radiation Safety Office is responsible for developing and implementing the policies and procedures of the radiation safety program as approved by the University’s Radiation Safety Committee. The responsibilities and functions of the Radiation Safety Office include:

  • Maintenance of radioactive materials and accelerator licenses and X-Ray machine registrations
  • Radiation safety training
  • Personnel radiation monitoring
  • Receipt and inventory of radioactive materials
  • Radiation surveys and compliance audits
  • Clinical radiation physics support
  • Radiation safety procedure design and review
  • Radioactive waste disposal

Radiation Safety Committees

The Radiation Safety Program is directed by the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), which reports to the vice chancellor of research protections.

Committee Members

A full list of current committee members is available for viewing. 

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Safety Manuals

The Radiation Safety Manual (PDF) is updated regularly for the protection of our researchers and affiliates. Also available is the Regulations Regarding the Safe Use of Sources of Ionizing Radiation (PDF) manual.