Radiation Training

“Please be advised that all in-person training sessions offered through Safety & Risk Services have been cancelled until further notice. In response to the current state of emergency surrounding COVID-19 infection control, SRS has made the decision to shift resources to support these measures. As the situation is changing daily, we will wait to see when it is feasible to resume in-person training sessions. All people currently enrolled will be notified of the cancellations. We will post notification when new sessions can be scheduled as soon as possible. Please continue to monitor this website and www.ubc.ca for continuing updates.”

UBC Radiation Safety Program offers training to meet CNSC requirements. The completion of training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to applying for a Radioisotope Permit or handling radioactive materials at UBC. Proof of training must be kept in the Permit Holder’s Radiation Records Binder.

Radiation Training

Why do I have to take Radiation Safety training?

The UBC Radiation Program, including our training courses, is a large part of our legal agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission that allows our researchers to use radioactivity. The training is designed to meet the requirements of the CNSC. Our licenses for UBC researchers to have, handle and use radioactive materials are dependent on meeting these requirements.
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Who needs Radiation Safety training?

The training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to applying for or on having access to work is being done under a UBC Radioisotope Permit.
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Who needs LASER Safety training?

The training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to setting up or using a Class 3B or 4 LASER.
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What is proof of Radiation Safety training and how long is it valid?

Proof of Training is a combination of the certificate received upon the successful completion of the Radiation Safety Course and documentation of training in lab-specific procedures. UBC Radiation Safety training certificates are valid for 5 years and include TDG Class 7 procedures for receipt of radioactive materials.
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Which Radiation Safety training do I need?

If you are… Then take It includes
Faculty, Staff, a visiting researcher or student working under a radiation permit or holding a radiation permit who has not taken the course before General Radiation Safety for Authorized Users
  • Part 1: 8 x 20 minute online modules, each followed by a quiz
  • Part 2: A written assignment
  • Part 3: A 2.5 hr in-person session
Faculty, staff, visiting researcher or student working under a radiation permit or holding a radiation permit that has an expired certificate. Prerequisite for the refresher course is a “General Radiation Safety for Authorized Users” course or equivalent UBC course must be completed within the last 3 years General Radiation Safety Refresher for Authorized Users
  • Part 1: Prerequisite – “General Radiation Safety for Authorized Users” course or equivalent UBC course must be completed within the last 3 years
  • Part 2: 8 x 20 minute online modules, each followed by a quiz

Faculty, Staff, a visiting researcher or student working with sealed source radiation and/or devices only Radiation Safety for Sealed Source Authorized Users
  • Part 1: 4 x 20 minute online modules, each followed by a quiz
  • Part 2: A written assignment
Faculty, Staff, a visiting researcher or student working with sealed source radiation and/or devices only. Prerequisite for the refresher course is a “Radiation Safety for Sealed Source Authorized Users” course or equivalent UBC course must be completed within the last 3 years Radiation Safety Refresher for Sealed Source Authorized Users
  • Part 1: Prerequisite – “Radiation Safety for Sealed Source Authorized Users” course or equivalent UBC course must be completed within the last 3 years
  • Part 2: 4 x 20 minute online modules, each followed by a quiz
Faculty, staff, visiting researcher or student shipping radioative materials or taking radiation devices to sites Transport of Dangerous Goods Class 7 Offered online through BCIT

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How do I find out more about the Radiation or LASER Safety programs?

See the Radiation Safety Training Manual (PDF)

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