The Van-de-Graaff Accelerator is a 5.5 MeV direct current positive ion accelerator used for research and training in the fields of Nuclear Science and Engineering. The particle accelerator is part of the Radiation Laboratory and operated on a full time basis.
All persons who desire to become an accelerator operator must first become familiar with its operation and potential hazards. Those individuals who plan to operate the accelerator must satisfactorily complete a training program conducted by the Accelerator Supervisor or his designee and must be approved by the Accelerator Safety Subcommittee as an accelerator operator. Any individual not authorized to operate the accelerator must work under the direct supervision of an authorized accelerator operator.
The Radiation Safety Office will conduct radiation surveys in the experimental work area to determine radiation levels and assess the overall radiological safety of the work area for all new experiments. All survey results will be maintained by the Radiation Safety Office.
The Accelerator Safety Subcommittee shall review all authorizations, changes in procedures, review of experimental work, and special accelerator related issues.
Under certain conditions specified by the Accelerator Safety Subcommittee, the accelerator may be operated by a single authorized individual. Under these circumstances the accelerator operator is prohibited access to the target room. Target room access during accelerator operations shall only be permitted when two or more accelerator personnel are present.