OSU-CHS Radiation Safety
OSU-CHS’s radiation safety is overseen by the Office of Research. OSU-CHS holds the government issued licenses and permits which allow the University to procure, use, store, transfer, and dispose of various radioactive materials as well as machines which produce ionizing radiation. These licenses are issued by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) acting on behalf of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). As a licensee of ODEQ, the Office of Research is charged with the responsibility to ensure that all radioactive materials and machines capable of producing ionizing radiation are used in accordance with all applicable state and federal regulations, namely Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 252:410 and Code of Federal Regulations 10 CFR Parts 19, 20, and 30-33 among others.
To effectively fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of Research assists those who are authorized by the office to conduct activities involving radioactive materials and/or use machines which produce ionizing radiation by (among other things):
- Helping to ensure the safety of our personnel and the general public
- Providing guidance to our personnel on how to accomplish their research goals while adhering to federal and state regulation