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 ionizing radiation.


Review research & lab safety training requirements.

Next Session: Sept/Oct 2019

Radioisotope Safety Training for the use of radionuclides in research and teaching is offered every semester. Completion of the training course is mandatory for all faculty, staff and students who are new to SFU and who will be using radionuclides, regardless of previous training. The course meets the requirements of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

The Radiation Safety Training consists of a lecture, a practical laboratory session, and a tutorial. The training covers the basic theoretical principles of radiation protection, SFU procedures for documentation of usage of radioactive material, disposal of resulting waste, personnel exposure, and contamination control as required by federal regulations. Instruction will also be provided in emergency response, decontamination techniques and the use of Liquid Scintillation Counter.

Participants are required to attend the lecture, one lab session, and complete the online quiz and assignment in order to receive certification. 

The course is free for SFU faculty, staff and graduate students. The cost for off-campus participants and co-op students employed off-campus: $500.00. 

Register here

  • Lecture: Sept 30th, 2019 (9:30am - noon),  SSB 7172
  • Lab (Choose Session I or II): Oct 2nd, 2019 (9:30am - noon) or (1:30pm - 4pm),  B 7249
  • Tutorial: Oct 4th, 2019 (9:30am-11am), B 9242

There will be a online quiz and a take-home portion that will be graded. You will need the lecture notes and the Radiation Safety Manual for the quiz. The manual can be downloaded from the Radiation Safety website.

For more information contact Dr. Jutta R.-Haunerland (ph:778.782.3633; email jhaunerl@sfu.ca)