Magnet Safety

Simon Fraser University has a comprehensive Radiation Safety Program. The use of magnetic instrumentation falls under the Radiation Safety Program, whose primary objective is to facilitate and ensure the safe use of magnetic devices in research, teaching, and the environment.

For more information, contact the Program Manager, Radiation Safety via email:, or ph: 778-782-3633

Acquiring and Installing Magnet Instrumentation

Important: Please inform the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) of any newly acquired NIR Magnetic Instrumentation.

Magnetic equipment must be installed, operated and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer requirements. After installation of new NIR Magnetic Instrumentation, an inspection should be completed by the installer. The device set-up and its safeguards have to be in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines.

The Principle Investigator (PI), Department , Superviser or Manager should obtain an inspection report indicating that the device and its set-up are acceptable. The report must be forwarded to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) prior to the commencement of any work with the device.                                


  • The RSO will consult, provide evaluation of NIR sources, and review the instrument design upon request.
  • The PI, department, supervisor or manager will notify the RSO when magnetic equipment is scheduled to be purchased or transferred.
  • The above responsible personnel will ensure after consultation that appropriate signage is posted and that the 5 Gauss line is clearly indicated.
  • Individuals will obtain authorization to enter a designated static field area from responsible personnel.
  • Individuals will comply with all posted requirements. Including, removing all ferromagnetic tools, jewelry, and other objects from a field that could present a ferromagnetic hazard.

Note: If an individual does not feel qualified or sufficiently trained to perform specific tasks in a magnetic area or feels that there is a health condition that could be affected by a magnetic field,  the responsible personnel or the RSO should be notified

Selling, Donating, or Disposing of Magnet Instrumentation

Please contact EHS, Radiation Safety Officer at ph: 778-782-3633 or email:

Safety Requirements

Please ensure engineering controls and administrative controls are in place as required. Refer to 'equipment' and 'exposure control' sections for more details.

Please refer to manufacturer's safety checklist and consult with the EHS' RSO.

General Safeguards

Please refer to the 'equipment' and 'exposure control' sections.

Emergency Response

Emergency procedures are specific for each facility and should be organized with the assistance of the RSO. Emergency procedures are required to be posted for the following events:

  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Earthquake
  • Exposure of a pacemaker or implant to the magnetic field
  • Quenching
  • Oxygen deficient atmosphere