Radiation Safety

Learn about the operational details necessary to work safely with radioactive materials and ionizing radiation at Saint Louis University. Below you will find institutional and regulatory requirements, procedures, forms and other helpful resources. 

Area Contamination Surveys

Area contamination surveys are required to be performed in accordance with established procedures.

 Area Survey Form

Dosimetry Program

Radiation dosimeters monitor the exposure of members of the Saint Louis University community that utilize radionuclides or machine-produced radiation. Applications and forms are available to initiate and maintain this service. Contact the radiation safety specialist for further information or to receive a series code if your department does not already utilize this service.

Emergency Spill Procedures

Access this information for detailed emergency procedures for radionuclides. Contact radiation safety immediately in any case of personnel contamination, if assistance is necessary for decontamination or for additional information.

Radioactive Spill Procedures

Notice to Employees (NRC-3 Form)


NRC Form 3

Radioactive Waste


Radioactive Waste Packaging Instructions

Radioactive Waste Pickup Request

Survey Meters

Survey meters (e.g., geiger counters) are required to be calibrated yearly (not to exceed 12 months) or following any repair.

  • Survey meters will be accepted for calibration in Doisy R-323 by appointment only. Survey meters will not be accepted at the EHS main office.
  • Please contact Lance Peters, Radiation Safety Specialist (314-977-6894 or lance.peters@slu.edu) to arrange for calibration. If he is unavailable, please contact Kevin Ferguson, Associate Radiation Safety Officer (314-977-6896 or kevin.ferguson@slu.edu).
  • If your meter has already been calibrated by an outside vendor within past 12 months, please forward a copy of the calibration certificate to Kevin Ferguson, Environmental Health and Safety, C305 Caroline Hall.
  • To request a loaner survey meter, complete the Loaner Survey Meter Request Form.

Training

  • Clinical Radiation Safety Training: Contact Kevin Ferguson, Associate Radiation Safety Officer (314-977-6896 or kevin.ferguson@slu.edu) to schedule radiation safety training involving the clinical use of radioactive materials or machine produced radiation (X-ray, fluoroscopically guided procedures, accelerators, etc.).
  • Research Use of Radioactive Materials - Radiation Safety Orientation for Non-Human Use (Mandatory): All individuals (permit holders, faculty, technical staff, students, etc.) must attend the Saint Louis University radiation safety orientation class and pass a written and practical exam prior to any use of radioactive materials. View upcoming dates and sign-up for training here.