Radiation Safety Committee
The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) is a University-wide, Standing Committee appointed by the President to assure the safe use of any hazardous radiations in the University. The Committee provides technical expertise and oversight of University operations involving these radiations to protect personnel, students, and the public from injury and to comply with requirements of the law and the Texas Department of State Health Services regulations.
The Committee shall have at least three faculty members, suited by education and experience to deal with radiation questions, who are appointed from the membership of the General Faculty (as defined in Title III, Chapter 21, Section I.B.1. of The University of Texas at Dallas Handbook of Operating Procedures). The individual approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services as the University's Radiation Safety Officer, who may either be one of these faculty members or an additional member from the University staff, will serve as Chair. The University Environmental Health and Safety Director and the Vice President for Research serve as ex officio members. The Vice President for Administration serves as the Responsible University Official (RUO). Administrative clerical support is provided to facilitate Committee functions and the specific functions of the University's Radiation Safety Officer by assisting with secretarial services and maintenance of central records.
The Committee's charge is to:
The Committee may, without transferring its own primary responsibilities, utilize technically skilled members of the faculty and staff to assist its work in ways it requests, or to maintain better oversight of different radiation uses in specific areas of the University.
The Committee will meet annually in September to organize and to determine a meeting schedule that includes at least one meeting in each of the following Spring and Summer semesters. Additional meetings will be called by the Chair, the RUO, or the Chair of the University Safety and Security Council. It will maintain a written record of its activities, and this report will be incorporated into the annual report of the University Safety and Security Council.
The term of office of Committee members shall be for three years, effective September 1 to August 31, and members may be reappointed by the President for additional terms. The Chair will be appointed to serve for a two-year term. Initial appointments shall be for staggered terms so that approximately equal numbers of terms expire each year. If a Committee member resigns, the President shall appoint another individual to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.