Maintain a Sealed Source Inventory

Maintain a Sealed Source Inventory

If your facility is licensed to work with radioactive materials, there are more than likely sealed sources at your facility that need to be accounted for. Depending on when and how your radioactive material license was completed, they may be included on your license. They may also be covered under a separate general license with the MA Department of Public Health Radiation Control Program (RCP). Either way, the sealed sources need to be accounted for and maintaining an inventory of the sealed sources present will help ensure that all sources are covered as necessary.

The sources found in liquid scintillation counters generally need to be registered with RCP, and some require leak testing on a regular basis. Check sources for G-M survey meters should be accounted for on the inventory even if they do not require registration with RCP. Maintaining an accurate inventory of all sealed sources present will help ensure compliance with registration and notification requirements.

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As Director of Quality Research and Training, Sarah Mueller ensures the consistency and quality of Safety Partners’ work by overseeing all aspects of knowledge management and best practices for its programs and trainings. Sarah regularly conducts research into emerging and changing regulations, and trains both clients and Safety Partners’ staff on regulations and safety standards. Sarah also oversees Safety Partners’ recruiting effort – ensuring only the best and the brightest are hired to develop, implement, and manage top-notch workplace safety programs and services.
Known for her great instincts with regard to radiation, chemical, and biological safety programs, Sarah also has been integral to the development of Safety Partners’ suite of web-based trainings and professional development courses. Prior to becoming Director of QRT, Sarah provided efficient and effective EHS services to Safety Partners clients as a Senior Consulting Safety Officer.
Prior to joining Safety Partners in 2004, Sarah was a Senior Environmental Specialist for the Department of Environment Protection, Air Compliance and Enforcement, where she was responsible for the case management of assigned facilities to ensure compliance with air pollution regulations, as well as investigating citizen complaints and training new hires. Prior to the DEP, Sarah worked in a toxicology lab at Mobil Oil Corporation. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lehigh University.

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