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Radiation Safety Unit

Name: Radiation Safety Unit

Place in structure: The University |> Office of the Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer |> Compliance and Risk Office |> Radiation Safety Unit

Address: 7th Floor, Williamson Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Building 52 on campus map (opens in a new window)

Phone: 0161 275 6980

Fax: 0161 275 6984


Website: Radiation Safety Unit Website

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General information

The Radiation Safety Unit provides guidance, assistance and advice on all matters pertaining to sources of ionising and non-ionising radiation and laser sources within the university.

We are responsible for:

  • Providing advice and guidance on all aspects of radiation and laser safety to any member of the university.

  • Advising university Senior Management, Deans of Faculty and Heads of Schools on the requirements of the legislation underpinning the university's activities with sources of ionising, non-ionising and laser radiation.

  • Liaison with Radiation Protection Supervisors in university schools, providing information, support and guidance to enable them to undertake the duties delegated to them by Heads of Schools.

  • Preparing and delivering assessed courses in Radiation and laser safety awareness both within-house, and in conjunction with the Staff Training and Development Unit, for users of radiation sources within the university.

  • Delivering specialist information seminars in individual university Schools and Faculties.

  • Promoting the concept of  'risk assessment' as the means of controlling the risks from radiation exposure to an appropriate degree, in compliance with relevant legislation and in proportion to the possible adverse effects.

  • Managing a centralised purchasing system and associated database for radioactive materials.

  • Maintaining a central record of all radioactive waste disposals; arranging for disposal of specialised radioactive waste to authorised contractors.

  • Maintaining a source of authoritative publications on radiation safety legislation, official guidance, perceived best practice, research materials and other sources of relevant information.

  • Developing guidance on "best practice" in the handling of radiation sources.

  • Developing proposals for policies on all aspects of radiation safety management, appropriate consultation on these, and submission for formal adoption through the University's committees.

  • Liaising with Estates staff, external contractors and all parties involved in the maintenance of buildings in which radiation facilities are housed, to ensure the safety of such individuals in their activities.

  • Liaising with architects, external contractors and all parties involved in the design of new buildings and major refurbishments, to promote the adoption of relevant design standards and the designing out of radiation safety hazards wherever this is reasonably practicable.

  • Liaising with the university's appointed supplier of radiation dosimetry in monitoring and recording the occupational radiation doses received by university employees in the course of their day-to-day activities with sources of ionising radiation.

  • Co-operating with the Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive in ensuring that the university's activities with radiation sources are conducted in accordance with relevant legislation.

  • Monitoring and reporting of radiation accidents and incidents with the potential to cause radiation exposure, injury or loss; investigations into adverse events, publication of recommendations and lessons learned; maintaining appropriate records.

  • Liaising with colleagues in the Occupational Health and Safety teams in HSS, to avoid inconsistencies and duplication of effort, and to optimise the benefits of collaborative working.