The procurement, possession or use of radiation-generating machines is permitted only pursuant to a Radiation Permit issued by the Division of Research Safety (DRS). Radiation-producing machines must be registered with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). DRS serves as the liaison with IEMA and will complete the registration for all machines on campus. Campus units are responsible for providing all required information and informing DRS of any changes in the equipment or installation. Campus units are also responsible for paying the annual registration fees associated with this requirement.
DRS reviews the application and prepares the permit specifying locations and conditions for use of radiation-generating machines and obtains approval of the campus RSO and the RLSC Chair. By agreeing to the permit conditions, the applicant acknowledges their acceptance of the responsibilities associated with the permitted activities. The approved permit must be made available to all persons using radiation sources under its provisions.
Before operations under the permit commence, DRS personnel may inspect the authorized locations to ensure the areas are effectively shielded and properly posted.
A permit holder can request amendments to their permit at any time by notifying DRS of the desired change in writing.
If a radiation machine is inoperable, DRS should be contacted with the machine’s disposition. DRS will coordinate communications with IEMA to have the machine deregistered.
A deactivated permit can be reactivated by contacting DRS. No additional signatures are required to reactivate a permit.
Permit holders are responsible for ensuring that all users of radiation-producing machines on their permit are properly trained. All users are required to complete the DRS online training Analytical X-Ray Safety or Veterinary X-Ray Safety at intervals not to exceed 12 months. In addition, Permit Holders are responsible for providing specific training on their equipment and procedures. Training should include:
Records of this instruction must be maintained by the Permit Holder for audit by DRS personnel or for inspection by state regulatory personnel.