Effective September 26, 2011, all Radiation Safety training for research laboratory employees is available on-line in Blackboard.

Steps to log-in to training:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Click "Courses" tab.
  3. Type "Radiation Safety Training" in the search box.
  4. Click on the small blue box (called a "chevron") containing the down arrows directly to the right of the words "TRAIN-100-001-2011 Continuous". (A chevron is a small control or button that indicates there are more items than can be displayed in the allotted space. Users click the chevron to see the additional items).
  5. Click "Enroll"
  6. Enter access code "9131"
  7. Click "Submit"
  8. Click "OK"
  9. Click "Course Documents" tab on left side of screen.
  10. Click on "Monthly Slide Lecture Presentation Final.zip".
  11. Presentation will begin. You must have sound capabilities to listen to the content.

Following completion of the presentation, please print and complete the training test, also found under the "Course Documents" section. Return the completed test to Radiation Safety at P. O. Box 980112 or Sanger B2-012. Only after successful completion of the on-line presentation and training test, the employee may print a copy of the "Radiation Worker Statement" (PDF file in "Course Documents" section), complete the signature portion, and have his/her responsible investigator also sign and date the form. Please return the original, signed form to Radiation Safety.

The Radiation Safety training is designed to provide personnel with a basic understanding of VCU/VCUHS Radiation Safety Rules and Regulations, and to comply with the Commonwealth of Virginia's Radiation Safety Regulations. Completion of on-line training is required for all personnel who use or plan to use radionuclides and/or radiation producing devices at VCU. Previous orientation training at other institutions cannot substitute for training at VCU.

The lecture covers state, federal, and local regulations, radioisotope ordering, handling techniques, waste disposal, lab security, types of radiation hazards, dosimetry, lab surveys, decontamination procedures, and the basis for the ALARA philosophy (as low as reasonably achievable).

All radiation workers are required to read the Radiation Safety Guide before initiating work with radioactive materials or radiation. After reading the appropriate training manual and completing the orientation test as documentation, personnel may begin work with radiation or radioactive material, then complete the on-line training..

Personnel who have attended past sessions and would like to update their knowledge of VCU/VCUHS radiation safety regulations and policies are most welcome to review the on-line at any time. If you have any questions, call Radiation Safety, at 828-9131.


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This page last updated 11/2/11.