Working with RAM

Welcome to the “Working with RAM” section of the Research Radiation Safety website.  The following links and materials are designed to assist laboratories and Investigators who are currently working with RAM to maintain compliance and safe work practices.  Please contact the Radiation Safety program at EH&S for additional information or with any questions or concerns.

  • Safe Use of RAM - Basic information on engineering and administrative controls and safe work practices for use with RAM
  • Liquid Scintillation Counter User Manual - Information on the use and maintenance of a liquid scintillation counter
  • Laboratory Surveys - Information on surveying your laboratory for radioactive contamination before, during and after experimental procedures.
  • Monitoring –Information on selecting and using the appropriate monitoring instrument(s) for your work.
  • Audits (Quarterly RS) - Labs which use and/or possess RAM are required to undergo quarterly audits.  Information on preparing for your lab’s audit can be found by clicking the highlighted link.

All laboratories and departments that possess unsealed radioactive materials are required to undergo quarterly audits. These audits are performed by a member of the Environmental Health and Safety Program staff, and include records review, contamination surveys and an examination of other compliance requirements and best practices in your lab. 

  • Radioactive Waste Management - Information on disposal of RAM waste, including mixed wastes
  • Bioassays –Information regarding Bioassay scheduling
  • Dosimetry – The dosimetry program monitors RAM workers’ exposure to radiation.  Information on the University’s dosimetry program
  • Spills - Emergency response information in the event of a spill or other release of RAM
  • Loan and Transfer of RAM – Information regarding proper procedures to loan or transfer RAM
  • Extramural Transfer/Shipping - Information on the transport of RAM
  • Receipt and Opening of RAM Packages – Information and safe handling procedures for RAM packages
  • Documentation and Record Keeping – Information on the maintenance of records pertaining to work with RAM

Additional information for the above listed topics can be found in the Radiation Safety Manual