Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

Radiation Safety Division - Fundamentals of Laboratory Radiation Safety (9 hours)

The first 8 hours of the 9 hour Fundamentals of Laboratory Radiation Safety course is available online in the Knowledge Center.  After completion of the 8 online modules, you must then enroll and complete the one hour hands-on practicum in order to gain credit for completion of the course.  The practicum is offered on the last Thursday of every month from 2 PM – 3 PM (exact dates may vary depending upon holiday schedules) and you may enroll in the course within the Knowledge Center.   The 1 hour practicum involves hands-on instruction on the performance of wipe tests, the use of radiation survey instruments and the appropriate handling of radioactive waste.


This is a 9-hour course designed specifically for UT Health Science Center at San Antonio laboratory personnel working with radioactive material for non-human use who must meet training requirements of the Radioactive Material License. This training is required for personnel who cannot furnish documentation of prior training acceptable to the Radiation Safety Committee. The training must be completed within the first year. (Principal investigators, human-use personnel, and graduate students need to be taking the 20 hours course.)


This course is designed to present general information of radioactivity, biological effects of radiation, radiation units, dose limits, declared pregnant workers, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio policies, laboratory safety rules, and individual radioisotope characteristics and handling precautions. The policies include security requirements, package ordering and receiving, storage and handling of radiation, waste management, posting and signs, and proper emergency response. An exam is given at the course completion. Persons successfully completing the course will receive a certificate of completion.


Course Directors: Jennifer Cerecero, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Radiation Safety Officer, Radiation Safety Division, Environmental Health & Safety