In the event of a radiation safety related emergency, please contact the Health Physics Department at ext. 24226, or Security at ext. 88 after working hours.
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To work with radioactive materials or radiation emitting devices at McMaster University, students and staff must view an initial radiation safety training video and attend an in-class training session specific to their planned work. Training descriptions and schedules are listed below.

Please complete a registration form and e-mail it to Terri Parker.

Please view the following video before attending in-class training. Running time: 1hr. A written assessment is provided at the end of the in-class training session. It is open-book and based on the material in the radiation safety training video and in-class presentation. Slides from the video are available below, and should be printed and brought to the in-class training. A minimum grade of 80% is required for certification.

SLIDES FROM THE RADIATION SAFETY TRAINING VIDEO

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For staff and students who are required to handle radioisotopes as part of their employment or research. Completion of this training and assessment will classify individuals as Nuclear Energy Workers (NEWs) and authorized radioisotope users at McMaster.

Please contact Terri Parker for training dates

All staff requiring access to the high level lab facility in the Nuclear Research Building must attend a Health Physics directed orientation tour. Tours are typically run at 1:00pm on the day after in-class Lab User training.

For staff and students who will be using an X-Ray device as part of their employment or research. Completion of this training and assessment will classify individuals as authorized X-Ray users at McMaster.

Please contact Terri Parker for training dates

Part of the requirement for unescorted access to the McMaster Nuclear Reactor. Completion of this training and assessment classifies individuals as Nuclear Energy Workers, and allows radiological work under direct supervision.

MNR Module 2 training is scheduled on demand. Please contact Terri Parker to schedule training.

If you must conduct unsupervised radiological work, additional training modules are required. Please contact Terri Parker if further training is required. These sessions will be scheduled on demand.

For staff and students who will use a Gamma Cell Irradiator during their work or research. Completion of lab user training and classification as a Nuclear Energy Worker is required before attending this course.

Please contact Terri Parker for training dates

Training for specialized facilities and instruments such as the Taylor Radiobiology source, accelerators or cyclotron facilities is offered on demand.

For more information, please contact Health Physics by e-mail at tparker@mcmaster.ca or ext. 24226.