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.

Cost (Non-McGill): $50 (if paid by PI); $200.00 per person plus applicable taxes for other payment methods.

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.

E-Certification Status, please note: If you read "sent" and have not received your copy, please email ehs [at], along with the course date and your ID.

Downtown calendar

Course Dates

Date Time Location  

Downtown Campus Location


Winter 2018

E-Cerficates Status*

(See above)

January 11 (Thursday)

9h to 17h30, 18h ish

3610 McTavish, Room 430  

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

Macdonald campus calendar

Course Dates

Date Time Location
Macdonald Campus Locations

Winter 2018

March 8 (Thursday)
9h to 17h30/18h
Barton, Room 1-015

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] or at 514-398-4563.

For MNI participants from research laboratory facilities, online registration is mandatory.  However, for more info, please contact the McGill Radiation Safety Officer at 514-398-2245. Note for all other radiation safety inquiries related to the Nuclear Medicine, PET or Cyclotron activities, contact the MNI Radiation Safety Officer at 514-347-5640.