Radiation Safety Inspection Results for 2017
All approved supervisors were inspected semi-annually for a total of 200 inspections in 2017. 172 (86%) of the inspections were in full compliance. There were 10 instances (5%) of non-compliance (1-3 pts). There were 18 instances (9%) of significant non-compliance in which an approved supervisor received >4 points, triggering a written corrective action plan (WCAP). All Approved Supervisors submitted the appropriate WCAP.
The following tables identify the frequency of deficiencies by category for January-June and July-December 2017. Deficiencies noted as high risk are in red, medium risk in yellow, and low risk in green. The frequency of deficiencies from the first half of 2017 to the second half has decreased for all risk rankings. High risks have decreased from 9 to 4, medium risks have decreased from 7 to 3, and low risks have decreased from 13 to 8.
January – June 2017
July – December 2017
Ohio State Radiation Safety Culture Policy Statement
The Ohio State University is committed to a positive safety culture and expects that individuals and organizations performing regulated activities involving radioactive material and radiation-generating devices will establish and maintain a positive safety culture environment. Positive safety culture shall be an integral part of all regulated activities, including training and licensure of medical and research users; equipment operation and maintenance; and routine and emergency operating procedures. The intent of a positive safety culture, like all other aspects of our organization’s radiation safety program, is to minimize radiation exposure to worker, patients and members of the public.
The CY17 Radiation Safety Program Audit by an outside consultant focused on the nine traits of a positive nuclear safety culture and found that all were observed, though not consistently. Radiation Safety offers to all laboratories using radioactive material a brief introduction to nuclear safety culture. We encourage all labs to host their Laboratory Compliance Officer at a routine lab meeting to share and reinforce information on this topic.