The Radiation Protection Program and the Laser Safety Program represent the policies and procedures in the field of laser and ionizing radiation and are intended to facilitate and control the use of laser and ionizing radiation sources in teaching, research and medical applications, and to protect faculty, staff, students, patients and the general public from the potentially harmful effects of laser and ionizing radiation.
The Health Physics Services Unit of the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management department is in charge of developing, implementing, and maintaining the University's Radiation and Laser Safety Programs, which includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:
- Managing the activities of the Radiation and Laser Safety Committee.
- Issuing regulations and policies pertaining to laser and radiation use.
- Acting as a liaison between the University and the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission (LAEC) and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
- Providing regular training sessions to all users of laser and ionizing radiation at AUB.
- Reviewing of technical specifications of laser and radiation producing equipment and protection apparels.
- Managing and implementing the occupational exposure monitoring program, radiation therapy program, the radioactive materials procurement and the radioactive waste programs.
- Carrying out routine inspections in areas where laser and radiation is used.
- Performing/reviewing radiation shielding designs.
- Managing the liquid scintillation counting services and performing quality control and calibration for detectors and counters.
- Responding to inquiries and emergencies related to radiation safety.