Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management

Radiation Safety Committee Guidelines

Charge

The committee will:

Formulate and recommend policy in the use of radioactive materials and other sources of radiation;

  • Monitor their use in compliance with the Texas Department of State Health Service's regulations and UTHealth policy;
  • Review and approval of applications for possession and use of radioactive materials within the UTHealth.
  • Review and approval of policies and procedures regarding the disposal and release of radioactive effluents from UTHealth.
  • Review and approval of amendments to the radioactive materials broad license, to be submitted to the Texas Radiation Control.
  • Provision of professional advice to the Radiation Safety Officer on matters regarding radiation safety.
  • Assure compliance with federal regulations; and
  • Set standards for radiation safety.
  • The Committee reports to the Executive Vice President for Research & Academic Affairs.

 

Committee Composition

 

Chair

Designated by the President on recommendation from the Executive Vice President for Research & Academic Affairs from the membership.

 

Membership

One faculty representative from the Dental Branch

Three faculty representatives from the Medical School representing the three main disciplines: education, research and clinical/patient care.

One faculty representative from the School of Nursing

One faculty representative from the School of Public Health

One student representative rotated among schools

Others deemed appropriate and appointed by the President

 

Ex Officio Membership (without vote)

Executive Vice President for Research  & Academic Affairs

Director, Environmental Health and Safety

Manager, Radiation Safety

Manager, Environmental Protection

Radiation Safety Officer, Memorial Hermann Hospital

 

Term of Membership

Staggered three-year term with one term expiring each year.

 

Meeting Location

CYF Training Room

 

Meeting Frequency

Monthly or at least six times per year

 

Submitting an application

http://www.uthouston.edu/safety/radiation-safety/application-for-non-human-use-of-radioactive-material.htm

 

Radiation Safety Manual (PDF)

 

Meeting Agenda

Contact EH&S at 713 500 8100 for information on current meeting agenda items

 

Meeting minutes

Some topics discussed within university health science center safety committees meet the definition of a “medical committee” as defined under the Texas Health and Safety Code Title 2, Subtitle H Chapter 161, Subchapter D Sec. 161.031, and as such, the meeting minutes are confidential (Sec. 161.032).

The current list of RSC members can be found online here.