RS1003: Radiation Safety Initial Training Sessions

This course is intended for those who are new to working with radioactive materials at UAB. This includes those who are seeking licensure. Be advised that this course is administered in three parts: online modules, a bioassay, and a hands-on practicum.

The online portion consists of three modules. Each module is followed by an assessment. You must score 80% or higher in order to pass each assessment. You will not be allowed to proceed to the next module until you pass the current one.
  • Module 1: The Basics
  • Module 2: Calculations
  • Module 3: Policies and Procedures
Upon successful completion of the online portion, you will be directed to register for a bioassay "class." This is not an actual class, but is a scheduled time in which you will come and be tested for your radiation baseline. You do not have to bring anything with you.

After you have completed the bioassay, the Learning System will open the last part of the course – the hands-on Practicum. Like the bioassay, you will register for a set time. The Practicum is a place where you will practice what you have learned.

Once you have started this course, you have three months to complete it.

Once you have successfully completed the practicum, you will be finished with the course unless you are a License or Alternate License. For those who are Licenses or Alternates, you must complete the Radiation Safety License and Management course. This is taught live one-on-one at this time.

Remember you must complete the Radiation Safety Refresher every five years or if regulations change.

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RS1004: Radiation Safety Waste Handling and Packing

The RS1004 Radiation Safety Waste Handling and Packing course goes into effect Monday, June 30, 2014. This course is for those who handle, pack, and manifest radioactive waste materials.

flag redOH&S Support Facility Staff will no longer pick up radioactive waste unless the person manifesting the waste:
  1. Has successfully completed the Radiation Safety Initial Training Sessions course or the Radiation Refresher course within the last 5 years.
  2. Has a baseline bioassay on file.
  3. Participated in the hands-on Radiation Safety Practicum.
  4. Is listed on the approved Radiation Safety License.
  5. Has successfully completed this course every 365 days so that the OH&S Support Facility will pick up the waste.

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RS100: Licensure and Management Course

The Licensure & Management Course (L&M) is designed to give the prospective licensee information and documentation specific to Radioactive Material (RM) Licensure at UAB. Completion of the L&M course takes approximately 90 to 120 minutes and must be completed prior to receipt of the new RM license. This course can be scheduled as your calendar permits.

Walk-through: After the L&M Course the RSP representative can walk through the lab spaces together with the PI as to exchange feedback on best practices in lab set up.

For more information, or to schedule a class, contact Radiation Safety at 934-2487.


Below you will find reference material and job aids to assist you in working with radioisotopes. After completing the course, feel free to return here and print any of the material you find useful.

RSR2001: Radiation Safety Refresher Course Training

The Radiation Safety Refresher course is online and is required every five years.

If you work with radioisotopes as a part of your job, or are a Licensee or Alternate, you must complete this course and pass its quiz. A passing score of 80% or higher on the quiz is necessary in order to receive a certificate of completion. Retain the certificate in your lab file. You may be asked to present proof of training (certificate).

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