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Radiation Safety Program

The Radiation Safety Program provides comprehensive health physics support service to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston community. 

The radiation safety mission is to assist in maintaining safe and healthy settings for research and clinical activities. The program fulfills this mission by assisting the institution's Radiation Safety Committee, performing routine laboratory and clinical inspections of radioactive material, x-ray and laser use, providing personnel, area and environmental monitoring, and responding to emergency situations.  

Please feel free to contact us at 713.500.5840 if we may be of assistance or if you have any safety concerns to be addressed.

Emergency Response

Chemical, Radioactive, Biological Spills
Emergency Contact Numbers
Radioactive Emergency Response Procedures

 Monthly Reminder of Contamination Wipe Tests

  • Document contamination wipe tests monthly
  • If ONLY STORING radiation this month, document wipe test of storage area
  • If NOT USING OR STORING radiation this month, write on wipe test form
    "No use or storage for ______month"


Radiation Laboratory Safety Audits

Laboratory Surveillance Program
Removing Hazards for Maintenance Operations
Caution Radiation Stickers
Request to Add & Delete Labs Authorized for Radioactive Material Use
Signs and Lab Postings
Radioactive Material Inactive Status Explanation



Radiation Safety Guidelines, Forms, and Manuals

Radioactive Material Ordering Guide (Peoplesoft)
NEW Radiation Materials Request Form (Excel Doc) RADMAT replacement 

Notice to Employees
Radioactive Material or General Radiation Producing Machine Use
Dental X-ray Machines

Primary Investigator Forms
Application for Non-Human Use of Radioactive Material RS-01A (one per radionuclide)
Training, Experience, Laboratory Staff, and Equipment RS-01B
Application for RAM Use in Animals RS-07 (Word document)
Radioactive Materials Authorization Amendment Form
Application for HUMAN USE of Radioactive Material RS-12 (Word document) 

Radioactive Material Worker Forms
Radiation Safety Training and Experience Form RS-02
Dosimetry Service Agreement and Exposure History Form RS-03
Laboratory Wipe Test Report for Radioactive Materials RS-08 (Word document)

Brownsville Site
Radioactive Material Receipt Form (Brownsville Site) RS-18 (Word document)

Radiation Safety Manual

Useful Radiation Safety Links

Online Regulations - Radiation Control, Texas Department of State Health Services
"Ask the experts" - Health Physics Society (HPS)
Find local experts and vendors - South Texas Chapter - Health Physics Society (STC-HPS)

MP Bio-medicals
American Radio labeled Chemicals



Radiation Safety Training

Basic Radiation Safety Training **Required for Radioactive Material Users
Radiation Safety Awareness
Laser Safety Training
X-Ray Safety Training
Dental X-Ray Safety Training 
Radiation Safety Office Course
Review of Select Radiation Safety Procedures at UTHSC-H
Wipe Test Procedures for Radiation Contamination
Resident and Fellow X-Ray Safety Training

General Radiation Safety

ALARA Program - Keeping doses As Low As Reasonably Achievable
Personal Radiation Dosimeters
Dosimeter Request Form for Memorial Hermann Hospital
Urine and thyroid bio-assays (radionuclides and radioiodines)
Portable Radiation Detectors
Liquid Scintillation Counters or Gamma Counters
Declared Pregnant Worker Program



Radioactive Waste

Alcove Locations
Radioactive waste disposal procedures



Radiation Safety Committee

Online Protocol Submission Interface 
Committee Membership

Committee Guidelines

Radiation Safety Staff

Janet Gutiérrez, DrPH, CHP, RRPT
Safety Manager 
(713) 500-5844
CYF G.102
B.S. Radiological Health Engineering, Texas A&M University
M.S. Environmental Sciences, The University of Texas School of Public Health
Dr.PH. Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, The University of Texas School of Public Health

Boris G. Tsenov M.S. , Safety Specialist
(713) 500-5823
CYF G.102
M.S. Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Physics 
St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Stephanie Brown, Safety Specialist
CYF G.102
(713) 500-5833
B.S. Radiological Health Engineering, Texas A&M

Sai Yan Cheng, Safety Specialist
CYF G.102
(713) 500-5839
B.S. Radiological Health Engineering, Texas A&M

Lauren A. Smith, Safety Specialist
CYF G.102
(713) 500-5834
B.S. Radiological Health Engineering, Texas A&M