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Principles of Laboratory Radiation Safety

Principles of Laboratory Radiation Safety

Target Audience: All staff and students required to handle and/or store radioactive materials must follow this course.

McGill students & staff click on register online using the McGill Human Resources Staff Development course registration system.

Non-Mcgill student registrants please complete and submit the Paying Participant Training Form

Content: Basic radiation physics; Biological effects of ionizing radiation; Sources of exposure; Dose limits; Radiation protection principles; Environmental surveillance and dosimetry; Radiation safety management; Safe laboratory work practices; Emergency procedures; Useful radiation safety formulae and how to receive and transport radioisotope packages.

Certification: A course certificate is presented to participants who successfully complete a written examination. If you misplace your McGill Radiation Safety Certificate, there is a $10.00 charge for replacement.

Dates: see calendar below

Duration: 9h00 to 17h30 (9h00-16h00 for the course and 16h00-17h30 for the Exam)

Cost (McGill): Free for McGill Community (students, staff and faculty). When registering using the on-line registration system you will be prompted to enter a FOAPAL - no FOAPAL is required therefore leave the field blank.

Examination information: The exam is compulsory for all staff and students under McGill's permit. Course notes, English-French or English-another language dictionary and a scientific calculator are allowed during the exam. The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and lasts for 90 minutes.


Course Notes

Once McGill staff and students have registered for this course, they may access the course notes here. Those non-McGill students who have registered for this course will be sent an email with the course notes as attachments.


Downtown calendar

Course Dates

Date Time Location

Downtown Campus Location

2014-2015

August 26, 2014 (Tuesday) 9h-17h30/18h 3610 McTavish Street, Room 430, English
September 29, 2014 (Monday) 9h-17h30/18h 3610 McTavish Street, Room 430, English
November 20, 2014 (Thursday) 9h-17h30/18h 3610 McTavish Street, Room 430, English
January 20, 2015 (Tuesday) 9h-17h30/18h 3610 McTavish Street, Room 430, English
March 24, 2015 (Tuesday) 9h-17h30/18h 3610 McTavish Street, Room 430, English

Questions? If you cannot write the exam on the same date as the course, please contact mario [dot] badillo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Mr. Mario Badillo) , Radiation Safety Officer.


Macdonald campus calendar

Course Dates

Date Time Location
Macdonald Campus Locations

Fall 2014

TBC (Monday)
9h to 17h30/18h
Barton Building, Room B1-015, English 

Please Note: Online registration is mandatory. Payment for non-McGill participants, including the Lady Davis Institute and McGill University Health Centre is required 48 hours prior to the course date. Questions? Contact EHS at ehs [at] mcgill [dot] ca or at 514-398-4563.

For MNI participants contact the MNI Radiation Safety Officer at 514-398-8927.