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Training Programs

The Radiation Safety Office offers a number of safety training programs related to the various applications of radiation usage in our laboratories and classrooms. In order to meet regulatory requirements for radiation safety training, employees can select the specific program that is needed for their particular application and obtain the appropriate training at this Website. In some instances, employees may be required to take an examination to satisfy the course requirements. The exams will be offered at the Radiation Safety Office in Room 302 of Benson School.

Training for use of Radioactive Materials

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Radiation Safety in the Laboratory (Radioactive Materials)

This course consists of four separate lessons and it is designed for those who are planning to use radioactive materials as part of their research or teaching activities. Employees or students who are planning to use radioactive materials are required by South Carolina State Regulation 61-63 to take a formal class in radiation safety and demonstrate mastery of the subject by passing an examination over the material that was presented. Upon completion of the four lessons, participants will be directed to come to the Radiation Safety Office and take the course exam. If the test is successfully completed, participants will be sent a certificate of completion for their records. Participants must score an 80% or higher to pass the exam. The test consists of 50 “multiple choice” and “fill in the blank” questions.A training manual that accompanies this course is available at http://www.sc.edu/Radiation/RadMaterial Training Manual.pdf.

Radiation Safety for the General Public

A radiation safety training lesson has been developed for USC employees, students and/or visitors who are not actually working with radiation but have a need to visit research laboratories or medical offices where radioactive materials or radiation emitting devices may be present. This 20 minute lesson will familiarize the participants with these radiation sources and help them to avoid unnecessary exposure.

X-ray Safety Training for Operators of X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Equipment

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X-Ray Safety

This course contains five lessons and it is designed for those who are planning to use x-ray emitting devices as part of their research. Employees or students who are planning to use x-rays are required by South Carolina State Regulation R61-64 to take a formal class in radiation safety and demonstrate mastery of the subject by passing an examination over the material that was presented. Upon completion of the five lessons, participants will be directed to come to the Radiation Safety Office and take the course exam. If the test is successfully completed, participants will be sent a certificate of completion for their records. Participants must score an 80% or higher to pass the exam. The test consists of 50 “multiple choice” questions. A training manual that accompanies this course is available at http://www.sc.edu/Radiation/X-ray Safety Course online Manual.pdf. If you have any questions, contact us at 777-5269 or by e-mailing us at: radsafe@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

X-ray Safety Training for Devices used in Animal Research
If you are using analytical X-ray units (XRD, XRF) for research, the following courses are not applicable. You must take the course entitled “X-ray Safety” which contains more detail than these particular courses.

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X-Ray Safety Training for Users of Animal Bone Densitometers and Other Low Mass X-Ray Units

This course is designed for employees who wish to operate animal bone densitometers which use x-rays in the analysis process. This class was specifically designed for these operators because the x-rays produced by these devices come from a lower mass unit compared to users of x-ray diffraction units. This course does require that the user take an examination to determine competency. Participants must score an 80% or higher to pass the exam. This test will be offered at Benson School. Further details will be included at the end of the lesson.

X-ray Training for the Radiographic unit in the Animal Resource Facility

This course is designed for those employees of the Animal Resource Facilities who will be using the conventional x-ray machine for obtaining radiographs of animals. It should not be confused with the course for users of the animal bone densitometers. This course does require that the user take an examination to determine competency. Participants must score an 80% or higher to pass the exam. This test will be offered at Benson School. Further details will be included at the end of the lesson.

X-ray Training for Personnel of the Animal Resource Facilities using the C-Arm Fluoroscopic unit

This course is designed for those employees of the Animal Resource Facilities who will be using the C-Arm Fluoroscopic X-ray machine for research on animals. It should not be confused with the other required training courses for users of the animal bone densitometer or radiograph unit located in the Animal Resource Facilities area. This course does require that the user take an examination to determine competency. Participants must score an 80% or higher to pass the exam. This test will be offered at Benson School. Further details will be included at the end of the lesson.

Laser Safety Training

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Laser Safety

This course contains four lessons and it is designed for those who are planning to use lasers as part of their research. Employees or students who are planning to use lasers are required by ANSI Standard Z136.1 to be trained in the safe use of lasers. Upon completion of the four lessons, participants will be directed to come to the Radiation Safety Office and take the course exam. If the test is successfully completed, participants will be sent a certificate of completion for their records. Participants must score an 80% or higher to pass the exam. The test consists of 50 “multiple choice” and “fill in the blank” questions. A training manual that accompanies this course is available at http://ehs.sc.edu/radiation/Lasermanual.pdf. If you have any questions, contact us at 777-5269 or by e-mailing us at: radsafe@mailbox.sc.edu .

Annual Training for Nuclear Cardiology Employees

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Radiation Safety for Nuclear Cardiology Personnel

Individuals who are employed by the Department of Internal Medicine and are working in the Nuclear Cardiology Service are required to have training in radiation safety before they begin employment. They must also participate in yearly refresher training, as well. This program will satisfy both training requirements. After completion of this training, please send an e-mail to radsafe@mailbox.sc.edu and indicate that you have completed this lesson.

Irradiator Safety Training

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Radiation Safety for Users of the Gamma Irradiator

University employees who wish to use the gamma irradiator must receive some basic radiation safety training before they can be approved as an authorized user. This brief training session is designed to satisfy this requirement. You must also have a background check and fingerprint analysis. Please contact Lynn Dobbs at 777-5268 or dobbsl@mailbox.sc.edu for further information.

 

If you have any questions about our training, please feel free to contact us at 777-5269 or radsafe@mailbox.sc.edu

 

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