Radiation Permits

Any faculty member with a valid Radionuclide Safety & Methodology Course Certificate is eligible to apply for a UBC Radioisotope Permit.

Radioisotope Permit

When is a radioisotope permit required?

Any faculty member with a valid Radiation Safety Training Certificate is eligible to apply for a UBC Radioisotope Permit. Whether you plan to use open source materials or have a device that houses a sealed source, the application process is through RISe (Research Information System). To obtain an open source permit, you will also need access to a calibrated survey meter and a scintillation counter.

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Radioisotope Permit Applications for Open & Sealed Sources

How do I apply for an Open or Sealed Sources Permit?

All permit applications, renewals and amendments use be done through RISe. The terms of your permit including:

  • isotopes & corresponding possession limits;
  • authorized users & corresponding annual exposure limits;
  • rooms where isotopes will be used or stored; and,
  • survey meters & scintillation counter

Where can I get help with my permit application?

We will be hosting Radiation Permit Application Workshops at:

  • Life Sciences Institute Room 1.410 from 2-4pm on January 26, 2017
  • Vancouver General Hospital Room TBA from 1:30-3:30pm on February 24, 2017
  • Earth Sciences Building Room 5016 from 10am to 12pm on March 22, 2017

    At each session, the first hour will go over open source permits and the second hour will focus on sealed sources and radiation devices. Research Services also offers general drop-in information sessions for RISe users the last Thursday of each month. For assistance, please contact risesupport@ors.ubc.ca or call 604-878-7473.

    How do I become an authorized user?

    To be added to a permit as an authorized user, you must have a profile on the RISe system. There are registration instructions you can follow if you are new to the RISe system. Please include your Radiation Safety Training Certificate number or dates in your profile. Once this is complete, your Permit Holder can include you on the permit during the application or amendment processes. For assistance, please contact risesupport@ors.ubc.ca or call 604-878-7473.
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    Radiation Documentation Requirements

    What radiation documentation is required?

    The documentation requirements for working with radiation vary between open and sealed source material.

    With each open source permit, the Permit Holder receives a Radiation Records Binder with sections for:

    Sealed Source Permit Holders are required to:

    • keep the Radiation Safety Office informed of changes in equipment location
    • keep security checks on personnel with unescorted access to the room containing the sealed source
    • ensure access to the device is controlled
    • provide access to RMS personnel for the purposes of annual leak testing

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    Radiation Permit Termination

    What is required when a permit holder is no longer using radioactive materials at UBC?

    When a permit holder is planning to move away from the use of radioactive material or away from UBC, their permit must be terminated. To end a permit, permit holders must:

    • notify the Radiation Safety Committee by filing an amendment on RISe
    • provide a complete set of wipe tests for the spaces listed on the permit
    • complete annual inventory
    • dispose of or transfer any radioisotopes waste still on hand

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