Radioactive material (sealed or unsealed sources) and radiation producing devices (such as X-ray units) are important tools in research and educational activities. California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) has a specific license granted by the California Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch (RHB). The University is permitted to receive, possess, store, use, transfer, import, and dispose of radioactive material and radiation producing devices.
All use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing machines is governed by the
provisions of Title 17 (California Code of Regulations Title 17), 10 CFR 20 (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 10, Chapter 1 part 20) and any additional provisions given in the Radiation Safety Manual.
The Campus program is implemented by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and the Radiation Safety Committee. The RSO and the Radiation Safety Committee Chair(s) are named specifically on the University's license and approved by the RHB. The RSO and the Principal Investigator (PI) is personally responsible for compliance with University and governmental regulations as they pertain to his/her authorized use of radioisotopes.
If you plan to work with radioactive materials at CSUSM you will need to be approved by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), then complete Radiation Safety training. Within this document exists a essential resources for this program. If you should have any question or concerns dealing with radiation safety, please contact the Radiation Safety Officer at SH&S.
Radioactive Waste tags are available from the SH&S office if needed. Call x4502 for service.