If you are currently registered in PACS, click the PACS button above to log into PACS with your Binghamton University UserID and password.
If you are not registered in PACS, please click here to Request an Account. NOTE: Under the Reason for Request field, please enter the following: Safety
The use of radioactive materials on campus is governed by the New York State Department of Health. The Radiation Safety Committee advises members of the University community in matters involving radiological procedures and safety; establishing procedures pertaining to the ordering, receipt, use and disposal of radioactive materials; and advises faculty on specific problems related to the use of radioactive materials in research and instruction.
To find the correct Radioactive Materials & X-RAY Equipment Safety Manual click on the location of intended use:
State of New York NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES Standards for Protections Against Radiation
Information regarding radioactive materials may be obtained from Bret Pearsall, Radiation Safety Officer, at 607-777-6835.
Use of Radioactive Materials
All use of radioactive materials for research or instructional purposes by faculty, staff, or students must be cleared with the Radiation Safety Committee. Prior to starting any experiments with radioactive isotopes, the faculty and staff must apply to the Radiation Safety Committee for radioactive materials use approval. After approval by the committee, the faculty and staff and materials will be further approved by the New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH). Only full time faculty and staff may apply to the committee and be added to the Radioactive Materials License. All other users must work under the supervision of an approved faculty or staff member and receive training from the RSO. Those who have not used radioactive materials in the last 24 months must be reinstated on the list of licensed users and must update their Protocol for Permission to Order and Use Radioactive Materials and X-Ray via the Pre Award and Compliance System (PACS).
Protocol Submission in PACS
If you have a protocol that requires review by the Radiation Safety Committee, please fill out and submit the smart form found in PACS (Link found at the top of this page).
Please include the following items as supporting documents in PACS:
*Detailed Map of lab using radioactive isotopes:
-Indicate location of all equipment, location of radioactive material storage and usage area.
*Lab safety Documents (SOP's) including emergency names and phones numbers
*SDS on materials used
*Include manufacturer, serial number and type for any survey and calibration instruments (i.e. survey meters, liquid scintillation, and gamma counter)
*Any additional information necessary for committee's approval
If there are no concerns found on initial review, the Research Compliance office will submit the protocol to the RSO and the Radiation Safety Committee for review. Once approved by the committee, the application will be forwarded on to NYS DOH for final approval. The time line for final approval of the application will be determined by NYS DOH. This review and approval typically takes up to 90 days from receipt of application by NYS DOH but may exceed that estimate.
All faculty, staff and students working with radioactive materials must complete in person training with the RSO prior to beginning any work with radioactive material. Contact Bret Pearsall, Radiation Safety Officer, at 607-777-6835 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up the training.
Shipping and Receiving
All packages labeled "Radioactive Material" received at by mail or by personal carrier will be delivered to the RSO. To find the correct Radioactive Materials receiving memo click on the link associated with the License number that your work is approved under: