Radiation Management

JCU is committed to providing a safe workplace for staff, students and visitors to the University.  The University recognises the need to protect students, staff and the environment from potential hazards associated with ionising radiation.

Radiation Safety Committee

The JCU Radiation Safety Committee is a sub-committee to the JCU Health, Safety and Environment Advisory Committee (HSEAC). The current Terms of Reference for the committee are maintained by the HSE Unit.

The Radiation Safety Sub-Committee was established to monitor and advise on all radiation issues arising from practices authorised under possession licences issued to JCU as a corporation and to its Colleges, Divisions and Directorates.

Any new radiation sources, apparatus or processes proposed, will need to be raised at the Radiation Safety Sub-Committee meetings. 

The disposal of any radiation sources or apparatus will need to be raised at the Radiation Safety Sub-Committee meetings.

Composition of Committee

Member and Position Title

Chairperson, (Member of HSEAC for University Radiation Safety – Chairperson)

Dr Kevin Blake, Analytical Research Centre, Possession Licensee, Advanced Analytical Centre

All Possession Licensee Nominees

Note: All Possessions Licensees for a radiation practice as identified by the relevant Divisional HSE Committee shall attend a minimum of two (2) of the University Radiation Safety Sub Committees each calendar year.

Professor Peter Chenoweth (or Nominee), Veterinary and Biomedical Services

Professor Peter Junk (or Nominee), Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences

Professor Alan Baxter (or Nominee), Comparative Genomics Centre

Peter Robertson, Engineering and Physical Sciences

All Appointed Radiation Safety Officers

Note: All Appointed Radiation Safety Officers for a radiation practice as identified by the relevant Divisional HSE Committee shall attend a minimum of four (4) of the University Radiation Safety Sub Committees each calendar year.

Dr Yi Hu (or Nominee), RSO, Advanced Analytical Centre

Dr Jen Whan (or Nominee), RSO, Advanced Analytical Centre

Associate Professor John Cavalierie (or Nominee), RSO, Veterinary Biomedical Services

Ms Serrin Rowarth (or Nominee),  RSO, Immunogenetics Research Facility

Mr Ray Layton (or Nominee), RSO, Comparative Genomics Centre

Mr Benjamin Crowley (or Nominee), RSO, Comparative Genomics Centre

John Daicopoulos (or Nominee)
Dr Christa Placzek (or Nominee)
Engineering and Physical Sciences

Member of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

(If/when radiation practices commence)

Director, Divisional Operations, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Mr Geoffrey Gorton (or Nominee)

Manager, Laboratories and Technical Support for the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Mrs Sue Kelly (or Nominee)

Permanent Advisor HSE Unit

Mr Drew Kleier (or Nominee), HSE Biological, Radiation & Chemicals Safety Advisor and University RSO, Health, Safety and Environment Unit

SecretariatMs Michelle Nethery (or Nominee), HSE Administrative Officer 

Project Approvals

Prior to applying for a research project that involves radiation apparatus or sources, the applicant must receive in concept, approval from the relevant RSO and College Manager or Dean. This is to indicate that, if approved, the project will be supported.

Once the project approval is received, the required steps to use the source or apparatus must be put in place.

Projects will broadly fit two categories:

  • There is an existing isotope or apparatus in use and this is already documented in a radiation safety plan. This will involve minor changes to allow use.
  • There is no existing use of an isotope or apparatus, and there is no documented radiation safety plan. Involving a reasonable investment of time and money to progress.  The application aspects could take 180 days to be processed as the various components are submitted to the regulator.

Dose Badges

Dose badges are issued by the HSE Biological, Radiation and Chemicals Safety Advisor. If you require a dose badge contact your Radiation Safety Officer.

Possession Licences and Radiation Safety Officers

Division

College, Directorate, Centre

Position

Name

Division of Research and Innovation

Advanced Analytical Centre(AAC)

Possession Licensee

Kevin Blake

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Peter Junk

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Peter Robertson

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Alan Baxter

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Peter Chenworth

Division of Research and Innovation

Advanced Analytical Centre(AAC)

Radiation Safety Officer

Yi Hu (appointed)

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Ray Layton

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

TBA

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

John Cavalieri

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Serrin Rowarth

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

TBA

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Christa Placzek

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