Radiation safety

The SFU Radiation Safety program facilitates the safe and informed use of radiation sources and devices in research, teaching and the environment. The program is dedicated to safe management of radiation.

Compliance & oversight

Regulations & guidelines

The use of radioactive materials or equipment generating ionizing radiation is federally regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), and provincially by WorkSafeBC. The CNSC issues a consolidated radioisotope license for SFU which specifies conditions of use for prescribed substances.

Compliance with license conditions, policies, procedures, and regulations are monitored through inspections by Radiation Safety staff and the Compliance Division at CNSC and WorkSafeBC.

Radiation Safety Policy

SFU’s Radiological Safety Policy R20.04 establishes terms of reference, policies and procedures concerning the safe receiving, storage, handling and disposal of Radiological Materials in accordance to all relevant standards. The policy also defines how Radiation Safety staff works in conjunction with the University Radiation Safety Committee to ensure the safe and legal acquisition, handling and disposal of radioactive material.

University Radiation Safety Committee    

The University Radiation Safety Committee, as outlined by the CNSC, acts to oversee and audit the Radiation Safety program. The committee is comprised of researchers with expertise and interest in the use of radiation.

Radionuclide Lab

The Radionuclide lab is located in the Biological Sciences wing of the Shrum Science Centre. Its functions are:

  • Ordering, receiving, distributing and in general tracking of radioisotopes
  • Handling and disposal of radioactive waste
  • House and maintain equipment for the detection and analysis of radioactivity

If you require assistance, please contact: rad-safety@sfu.ca

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM)

Naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) is material found in the environment that contains radioactive elements of natural origin. NORM primarily contains uranium and thorium. 

NORM is regulated  by the Canadian federal and provincial governments, lined out in the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission(CNSC) safeguards and non-proliferation series of regulatory documents.

At SFU, when for example uranyl compounds are intended to be used for microscopy work, applicable safeguards are implemented by the IAEA through legally treaty level agreements. Therefore EHS Radiation Safety staff  controls and tracks the use of uranium and thorium to  ensure conditions detailed in SFU’s consolidated CNSC license are met with compliance.

Please contact EHS Radiation Safety if work  with uranium or thorium compounds is planned to  ensure that all requirements such as  training, permits, ordering, waste generation, tracking etc. are fulfilled.

Please contact: rad-safety@sfu.ca for more info