Organization

Radiation Safety Committee & Subcommittees

Membership:

The members of the Radiation Safety Committee are appointed by the Chancellor of UMass Lowell and are selected to represent broad areas or divisions within the university of individuals who use or encounter radiation sources.  Committee Responsibilities, Delegation of Authority and Subcommittees:

The Radiation Safety Committee is responsible for assuring that an adequate safety program is developed and implemented within the university and publicizes campus radiation safety policy, regulations and procedures.  The Radiation Safety Committee may delegate its authority to various persons, ad hoc subcommittees and standing subcommittees.  To ensure good communication between programs and to verify that activities are carried out according to established policies and procedures, the Director of Radiation Safety shall be a permanent member of the Radiation Safety Committee and of all of its subcommittees." *

The Radiation Safety Committee is responsible to hold quarterly meetings to discuss radiation related safety issues and to review issues discussed in the Safety Subcommittees. The RSC shall also provide an annual review or audit of the UML radiation safety program.

The Accelerator/X-ray Safety Subcommittee reviews all aspects of radiation safety in and around accelerator and x-ray facilities.  Subcommittee members are appointed by the Radiation Safety Committee and include the Radiation Laboratory Director, The Director of Radiation Safety and those persons with training and experience relative to accelerator operations and accelerator safety.      

The Reactor Safety Subcommittee reviews the safety aspects of the research reactor.  Subcommittee members are appointed by the Radiation Safety Committee and include the Reactor Supervisor, Director of Radiation Safety, persons with training and experience in reactor safety and operations and persons with specific expertise in various reactor related scientific and engineering experimental disciplines.  Decisions of the Subcommittee are binding subject to the ultimate approval by the Committee.

Committee Meetings:

The Radiation Safety Committee and Reactor Safety Subcommittee are required to hold quarterly meetings.  All committees must hold a meeting within thirty days of a committee member presenting a formal request to the DRS.  Binding committee decisions require a majority of the members to be present including the Director of Radiation Safety or his/her designee.  Minutes of the meeting will be recorded and kept on file for review.

*Authorized Personnel: In reference to all procedures for the operation of the accelerator, authorized persons are those persons who have satisfactorily completed a training program with the Accelerator Engineer and who have been approved by the Accelerator Safety Subcommittee.

A current list of Committee/Subcommittee members are in Appendix I of the Radiation Safety Guide (pdf).