Radiation Safety

Marine Biological Laboratory
Policy No. B.1.9


Initiated by:Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
Approved by:MBL Director/CEO
Date:March, 1996
Revision: Reconfirmed March 18, 2005

1.0Policy Statement:
The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is licensed to possess radioactive materials by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries. The use of these materials in our teaching and research programs are controlled by regulations issued by these agencies and by specific restrictions included in our licenses. Because of these restrictions, and because regulatory requirements differ from state to state, our procedures may be stricter than, and differ significantly from, those followed at other institutions.

2.0Radiation Safety Program
The Radiation Safety Program at the MBL is designed to ensure that materials are handled in a responsible manner through conscientious compliance with applicable regulations. The Radiation Safety Manual is part of the MBL’s NRC license and is a summary of the rules and procedures for our handling of radioactive materials. The primary functions of the MBL radiation safety program are to assure the safety of research personnel and to provide services related to the use of radioactive materials. The MBL is legally required to enforce the regulations contained in the Manual in order to protect our authority to possess these materials, and any violation of safety procedures is a serious matter which may result in the loss of MBL privileges.

3.0Policy Clarification and Updates:
If you have questions about any procedure, please contact the Radiation Safety Office at 508 289-7424 for assistance (MBL ext. 7424). Suggestions for improvement of the Manual or any other elements of the MBL program are always appreciated.