Chapter 1 - General
1. General​  (Top)

1.1 These Rules and Regulations do not provide complete information on radiological health protection, but are intended to outline procedures approved by the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC).  Individual users should familiarize themselves with New York State Codes, Rules, and Regulations, Title 10, Part 16: Ionizing Radiation.

1.2 The RSC may from time to time amend or modify these Rules and Regulations.  Such amendments must become effective when published.  

1.3 The RSC may impose requirements, as it deems appropriate or necessary, to protect health or to minimize danger to property.  

1.4 The RSC must approve all use of radioisotopes, sealed sources of radiation, and radiation producing equipment (RPE) through the issuance of Permits and Registrations (see Chapters 3, 4 and 7).  All radioactive material must be procured under the Radioactive Material License issued to Cornell University (CU) by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH).  Individual permits may not be used for such procurement. 

1.5 Violations of safety practices may result in the loss of RSC approval to use sources of ionizing radiation until corrective measures are taken.  Such violations, which are not corrected after reasonable notice and negotiation, will be reported by the RSC to the appropriate Director, Dean or Department Head (see Chapter 12. Cornell University Radiation Safety Violation Policy). 

1.6 The RSO and/or RSC may issue Special Conditions to permits granting exemptions from the requirements of these regulations if the exemption will not result in undue hazard and is consistent with all Federal, State and local regulations. 

1.7  No sealed or unsealed sources of radioactive material (RAM) or ionizing RPE must be brought into or removed from the University except through the procedures listed or by special and written arrangements with the RSC.  Interdepartmental transfer of these items is permissible only after approval is obtained from the RSO (see Chapters 4, 7 and 9 and Special Procedure #6, Requirements for Inventory Records). 

1.8   Plans and specifications for the construction of new radiation facilities, or the major modification of existing facilities, must be approved by the RSC.  The approval of such plans must not preclude the requirement of additional modifications should a subsequent analysis of operating conditions indicate the possibility of an individual's receiving a dose in excess of the applicable standards.  The responsibility of presenting the specification for approval rests with the Head of the Department concerned, or with the appropriate Deans, Directors, or the University Provost when the proposed construction involves more than one department.