How to become a radiation worker at UCL
Before starting work with ionising radiation you must complete formal training and register as a Radiation Worker with Safety Services.
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Anyone working with ionising radiation must be a registered Radiation Worker. Before you can submit your Radiation Worker registration you must complete formal radiation training and local induction training.
Formal radiation training
Before you can register as a Radiation Worker you must complete formal training. Your local Radiation Protection Supervisor will advise you of the most appropriate training courses for your work.
|Type of work||Formal training that must be completed|
|Working with unsealed radioactive material|
|X-rays (equipment managers)|
|Working with small amounts of Uranium, Thorium, and Plutonium (e.g. using uranium acetate for staining)|
> See radiation training courses at UCL.
Local radiation induction
On completion of the required radiation training courses, you must complete a radiation induction with the local Radiation Protection Supervisor.
Local induction criteria
- The local procedures and arrangements for radiation safety.
- The management of radioactive materials and waste.
- Instruction and demonstration in the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment.
- Instruction and demonstration of any monitoring that needs to be completed.
- Instruction in the correct use of equipment.
- Arrangements for the distribution, collection and how to wear issued personal dosimetry correctly.
- Contingency and incident plans.
As part of your local induction you will be asked to sign that you have read and fully understood the following (where relevant):
- Radiation risk assessment and Standard Operating Procedure(s) relevant to your work.
- Departmental written procedures for the management of radioactive material and waste.
- Local rules for the designated area you will be working in.
Registration as a radiation worker
Once you have completed the training and undertaken the local induction, you will be able to progress your registration as a Radiation Worker.
The Radiation Worker Registration Form must be signed by the following:
- Your line manager or supervisor.
- Your local Radiation Protection Supervisor.
> Download the Radiation Worker Registration Form
In the event that a radiation worker intends to work with ionising radiation at another organisation, the Radiation Protection Team must be informed at least 28 days in advance.
> Read about working with ionising radiation at another organisation.
In the event at a person intends to work with ionising radiation in a UCL managed area but does not hold a contract of employment with UCL, the Radiation Protection Team must be informed at least 28 days in advance.
> Read about non-UCL staff working with ionising radiation at UCL.
Last updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2022