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EHS radiation services and programs

The McGill Radiation Safety Program provides several services and programs to all users of radioisotopes or radiation-emitting equipment. Here is a list of services and programs available. They include:

  • Radiation safety training
  • Laboratory inspections
  • Leak tests
  • Calibration of radiation survey meters (see accreditation letter) This services is offered free of charge to McGill researchers in June and November of each year, however, outside of these calibration periods, researchers will be charged for the work.
  • Thyroid monitoring (see directive)
  • Radiation safety services (see price list)
  • Workplace Surveys for Pregnant Radiation Workers
  • Decommissioning of radioisotope laboratory facilities
  • Assistance on radioactive waste disposal
  • Providing information on all radiation matters


Thyroid monitoring

According to the CNSC directives, every person shall undergo thyroid screening within 5 days of iodine-125 (I-125) or iodine-131 (I-131) exceeding 2 MBq (0.054 mCi) in an open room, 200 MBq (5.4 mCi) in a fume hood or 20 000 MBq (540 (mCi) in a glove box.

Contact the Radiation Safety Officer, Mario Badillo, at local 2245 or mario [dot] badillo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email,) for arrangements.


Radiation safety services price list

Radiation inspection

Wipe test

number of smaples
1-10 $45.00/each
11-20 $35.00/each
> 20 $25.00/each
> 50 $20.00/each
> 100 $15.00/each

Leak test for radioactive sealed sources

Number of wipes
1-10 $45.00/each
11-20 $35.00/each
> 20 $25.00/each
> 50 $20.00/each
> 100 $15.00/each

Calibration of radiation survey equipment

Number of monitors
1-5 $55.00/each
>5 $15.00/per additional

Radon gas monitoring

Direct reading instrument analysis $105/day

*Additional expenses

Labour and consultation
Professional $800/day
Technical $400/day
Travel $0.43/km

Radiation safety course

Course (exam and certificate included) $200
Radiation safety equipment rental Fees may vary. For prices, joseph [dot] vincelli [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) Joseph Vincelli or phone 398-1538

*Plus applicable taxes, which are added for each service provided to the total amount.

January 1, 2011. Prices are subject to changes