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Radiation safety

All such substances and instruments must be registered and most can only be used under the supervision of a suitably qualified individual with an appropriate WA government issued licence.

All Curtin projects using such materials and instruments must be approved by the University Radiation Safety Committee before work commences.

If you’re planning radiation related work or have questions about radiation safety, contact your local radiation safety supervisor (RSS). To comply with workplace procedures, you must report any accidents or incidents and raise any safety, health or security concerns with the RSS. Each individual is responsible for taking reasonably practicable steps to ensure their own safety when working with radiation.

Apply for radiation project approval

Licensing and training for radiation users

All projects involving radioactive substances, class 3B or 4 lasers, x-ray or neutron apparatus or UV transilluminators must be conducted under the supervision of a suitably qualified person with an appropriate WA Government issued licence.

The licence holder must ensure that all radiation users have an adequate level of information, instruction, training and supervision to carry out their duties in a safe manner on a day-to-day basis and that the radiation work is conducted in accordance with their licence conditions and local radiation working rules.

Acquisition, storage and disposal of radioactive materials

You must follow specific processes for acquiring, storing and disposing of radioactive material.

Facility requirements

Laboratories containing radioactive materials, x-ray instruments or class 3B or 4 lasers must comply with legislative requirements. The requirements can be quite extensive and may depend upon the work conducted there. Contact the University Radiation Security Officer (RSO) before you establish any new facility. You must still gain approval for each project even if the project is within an established facility.

Methods of disposal

If any radioactive material, class 3B or 4 laser, x-ray instrument or transilluminator is to be disposed of or moved to another organisation, you must inform the RSO and local RSS so they can update the registration details. The method of disposal depends on the type of material or equipment. For disposal of radioactive materials it may be necessary to store them to allow for radioactive decay. If so, Curtin has a Radiation Waste Storage facility for this purpose – contact the RSO for access. The group/department disposing of the radioactive materials or radiation equipment is responsible for the costs of disposal.

Radiation monitoring

The objective of radiation monitoring is to ensure that existing safety procedures are effective at keeping dosage and exposures from scattered or incidental radiation as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).

Radiation safety officer and supervisors

Radiation safety supervisors

If you’re planning to conduct radiation related work or you have questions about radiation safety, your local Radiation Safety Supervisor is your first point of contact.

FacultySchool/areaNameContact details
Science and EngineeringApplied GeologyA/Prof Fred JourdanPhone: +61 8 9266 2412 Email:
Applied Physics and John de Laeter CoEMiss Ketesse HansenPhone: +61 8 9266 2643 Email:
Chemical EngineeringMr Xiao Hua (Jimmy)Phone: +61 8 9266 9242 Email:
ChemistryMr Peter ChapmanPhone: +61 8 9266 3425 Email:
Civil and Mechanical EngineeringDr Ray MahidashtPhone: +61 8 9266 7709 Email:
Exploration GeophysicsDr Michael CarsonPhone: +61 8 9266 4973 Email:
Medical Imaging Science DisciplineDr Curtise NgPhone: +61 8 9266 7314 Email:
Health SciencesBiomedical SciencesMr Adrian PaxmanPhone: +61 8 9266 3402 Email:
CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct (Building 305)Dr Rob SteuartPhone: +61 8 9266 7362 Email:
PhysiotherapyA/Prof Kathy BriffaPhone: +61 8 9266 3666 Email:
Public HealthDr Syed AbbasPhone: +61 8 9266 7334 Email:
Research and DevelopmentLife Sciences Research FacilityDr Beng ChuaPhone: +61 8 9266 1827 Email:
Kalgoorlie CampusDr Bogale TadessePhone: +61 8 9088 6636 Email:
Sarawak Campus MiriMr Kelvin Wong Kin YinPhone: +60 85-443939 Email:

Radiation Safety Officer