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Course Detail

HS006 - Working Safely with Ionising Radiation

This course is for laboratory users / potential laboratory users of ionising radioactive sources (‘open source’ radio isotopes, x rays and ‘sealed / closed’ radiation sources). The course is presented in compliance with the latest regulations governing the use of ionising radioactive sources. It covers elementary radiation physics; QMUL permits and requirements / local rules and management systems for working safely with ionising radiation sources; monitoring, ordering and disposal of radioactive materials.

Duration: 3 hours classroom time plus completion of an online knowledge quiz (open book) on QMPlus in attendee’s own time (approximately 30 min). The course is conducted by the QMUL Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) team and the QMUL Radiation Protection Officer (RPO).

Certification: An online completion certificate will be generated upon satisfactory completion (pass mark 80% or greater) of the online knowledge quiz on QMPlus by the attendee. The access details for the online knowledge quiz will be provided by the course tutor at the classroom.

This course is not accredited by any training accreditation body.

Suitability: For new users of ionising radioactive sources and as a ‘refresher’ training for existing users.

However this training cannot be used as the basis for appointment as a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS). A separate training course is conducted for this purpose (HS027).

Requalification / Refresher: Attend and complete this course as a refresher course once every 3 years.


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • To understand the requirements of the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 and the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016
  • To understand the use of radiation monitoring instruments and dose meters,
  • Be familiar with the requirements of the QMUL permit requirements, policy, arrangements and local rules,
  • Be aware of safe methods for working with ionising radioactive sources,
  • Be aware of the QMUL inventory system for the receipt, use and disposal of ionising radioactive sources (IsoStock).

Provided by: Health and Safety


Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020

Venue: Queens E303 ME, Queens, Mile End

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


  • Dr M Ariyanayagam
  • Dr J Horrocks
Please check non-attendance policy and possible penalties for non-attendance at http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/

External organisations: Open to attendees from external organisations but please note this course is geared towards QMUL arrangements. There is normally a fee chargeable. Please complete the training request form available here http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/and email it to hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk