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Unsealed radioisotopes

This course is intended for academic staff, general staff, postgraduate students and honours students who are required to work with unsealed radioisotopes.

For non staff and non students the payment of $440.00 can be made on our website.

It is designed to provide participants with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable them to safely handle radioisotopes in a research environment.

All new unsealed radioisotope users at UWA are required to have attended and passed this course within the first year of using radioisotopes, preferably before they start such work.

The course satisfies the training requirements for a licence for unsealed radioactive substances (research) under the Radiation Safety Act 1975.

  • Scope

    You will learn:

    • basic radiation physics
    • properties of ionising radiations
    • external and internal radiation hazards
    • radiation detection and measurement
    • safe working techniques
    • decontamination and emergency procedures
    • radioactive waste management
    • general laboratory safety
    • radioisotope laboratory design
    • biological effects of ionising radiations
    • radiation in perspective
    • legal aspects of radiation usage
    • radiation calculations
    • laboratory previews
    • course review.
  • Radiation safety procedures at UWA
    1. Registration and licensing requirements
    2. Inspections of premises and equipment
    3. Advice and training of users
    4. Ten golden rules for radioisotope work
    5. Local working rules
    6. Approval of protocol applications
    7. Ordering of radioisotopes
    8. Routine wipe testing
    9. Personnel monitoring
    10. Urinalysis and thyroid monitoring
    11. Incident and accident investigation
    12. Radioactive waste disposal.

    Immediately following the lectures, students must attend on a third day to complete the practical work and sit the course examination. A comprehensive set of course notes is provided before the course starts, and it is expected that attendees have read the notes before they attend.

  • Course details


    3 days.

    Sixteen lectures and information sessions from radiation safety professionals over two days, followed by practical work and the course examination on day three.


    Next course Tuesday February 18th to Thursday 20th February 2025

    9:00am - 5:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday; 9:00am - 3:00pm Thursday


    Lectures venue Physics room 2.17 and Laboratory Sessions venue TBA


    Radiation and Safety Adviser
    (+61 8 ) 6488 2307, UWA Safety and Health Office


    UWA staff and students: no charge, others: $400 + GST

    Please be advised that non-attendees who fail to give three days notice or produce a medical certificate will be charged the full amount.


    20 people


Registration links will be made available soon.

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