The University Radiation Safety Committee (URSC) is mandated by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and is comprised of faculty and staff from The Ohio State University. The URSC oversees the Radiation Safety Program. The URSC is responsible for the control and direction of the Radiation Safety Program. The URSC reviews and approves all permits for the use of radioactive materials, makes policy decisions to be implemented by the Radiation Safety office and takes corrective actions when infractions of ODH rules are identified. The URSC has the authority to grant and revoke permission to use radioactive materials at all locations of The Ohio State University.
The URSC has 4 subcommittees:
Medical Use Subcommittee
The Medical Use Subcommittee provides recommendations to the URSC regarding research and clinical applications to use radioactive materials with humans.
Crisis and Monitoring Subcommittee
The Crisis and Monitoring Subcommittee provides recommendations to the URSC on resource needs and measures necessary to eliminate any perceived, or prevent any projected, non-compliance action by the Ohio Department of Health.
The Audit Subcommittee
The Audit Subcommittee performs an independent audit of the Radiation Safety program. The written annual report by the AS is provided to the URSC for review and final approval.
The X-ray Subcommittee
The X-ray Subcommittee provides recommendations to the URSC regarding research and clinical uses of ionizing radiation producing devices. Responsibilities include monitoring the institutional program to maintain occupational doses as low as reasonably achievable including a review of investigations into ALARA level II exposures; reviewing and making recommendations on inspection results from the Ohio Department of Health and corrective actions implemented by OSU; performing an annual audit of the X-ray Safety Program; and reviewing radiation incidents with respect to cause and corrective actions.