Ionizing Radiation Safety (WHSO17)

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Who should attend

This course is required for staff who are newly appointed radiation workers (intent to work with radioactive isotopes) to the University.

Course overview

This online module will provide participants with general information regarding the facilities, equipment, procedures and techniques necessary for the safe handling and use of radioactive materials (sealed and unsealed sources), including fundamental health physics, detection, natural sources, control techniques, storage, disposal, emergency procedures and legislation.

Key takeaways

At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand and comply with relevant legislative requirements according to ANU ARPANSA Source Licence;
  • Implement ionising radiation safety in the workplace (laboratory);
  • Monitor ionising radiation hazards;
  • Maintain records of radiation exposure; and
  • Implement safe practices in the use, storage, transport and disposal of radioactive materials.

What the course will cover

Topics addressed will include:

  • Radiation protection principles
  • Protection from external radiation hazards
  • Workshop: rules of thumb, radiation protection calculations
  • Shielding of ionising radiation
  • Workshop: shielding & half value layers
  • Protection from internal radiation hazards
  • Biological effects of radiation
  • Ionising radiation in the environment 
  • Use of radioactive isotopes in laboratory

When are the courses held?

There is an instructional module on Pulse that can be found under the WHS-Chemical and Radiation Safety heading which will give you instructions on how to access this course.

Please note that this module requires flash player to be enabled in the web browser.


This course is free to ANU staff.


A requirement of the registration process is to discuss and obtain the following from your supervisor:

  • Approval to attend the training program
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