Our mission is to promote and maintain the safe use of ionizing radiation and lasers for Washington University and Washington University Medical Center (the School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy) by providing appropriate programs and services. Our commitment is to protect human health and the environment while ensuring regulatory compliance and protecting the interests of the University and the other participating institutions.

Phone: 314-362-3476
Fax: 314-362-1995
Email: radsafety@wustl.edu

What To Do In Case Of A Spill Or Accident With Radioactive Material

24 hour Emergency Phone 314-299-1322

Please refer to the Instructions Regarding Accidents Involving Radioactive Material document that is posted in every RAM use area.   In the event of a major spill, please notify Radiation Safety immediately and we will instruct you as to further action.    If it is a minor spill, begin by informing others and ask for help.  Cover the spill with absorbent paper.  Mark off the area and restrict access to reduce the spread of contamination.  Decontaminate as necessary, disposing of supplies as radwaste.  Survey and document the results; repeat as needed.  Survey yourself and others before vacating the area.  At any time in this process, feel free to call Radiation Safety to ask for assistance.

Radiation Safety Staff

Maxwell Amurao, Ph.D., MBA

Director of the Office of Radiation Safety

Services: Radioactive Material License and Compliance Support; Doses from Radioactive Material Use; Magnetic Resonance (NMR and MRI) Safety and Medical Physics Support; Radiation X-Ray Producing Equipment Safety and Medical Physics; Laser Safety; Teaching and Education

Kinda Abdin

Health Physicist I

Services: ALARA Personnel Dose Review; Cyclotrons and PET Isotopes; Radiation Producing Equipment Support; Dosimetry

Mairio Bradley

Radiation Safety Specialist II

Services: Laser Safety; Radioactive Waste Pickup and Disposal; Radioactive Material Orders; Survey Meter Calibration

Briana Davis

Assistant Radiation Safety Officer

Services: Radioactive Material Authorizations and Amendments; Drain Disposal of Radioactive Material; Radioactive Material Research Lab Inspections; Radiation Safety Training Information, Requirements, and Scheduling; Generally Licensed Radioactive Materials

Casey Delf

Radiation Safety Specialist III – IT

Services: Website Development & Maintenance; Report Writing; Information Systems; Radioactive Material Lab Inspections; Uranium and Thorium Use in Labs

Michael Harrod

Health Physicist I

Services: ALARA Personnel Dose Review; Dosimetry; Clinical Radioactive Material Use; MRI Support; Radiation Producing Equipment Support

Sonny Johnson

Radiation Safety Specialist I

Services: Radioactive Material Package Receipt; Radioactive Waste Pickup and Disposal

Brian Kim

Health Physicist I

Services: Radioactive Material Orders/Shipping/Transfers; Radioactive Waste Pickup and Disposal; Survey Meter Calibration and Repair; Bioassays

David Luechtefeld

Health Physicist II

Services: Clinical Radioactive Material Lab Inspections; Clinical Radioactive Material Use; Radioactive Material Inventory; Radioactive Sealed Sources; MRI Support

Karla Spafford

Radiation Safety Specialist III

Services: Decommissioning & Closeouts; Survey Meter Calibration and Repair

Dan Szatkowski

Associate Radiation Safety Officer

Services: Airborne Radioactivity Evaluations; Radioactive Material Spills; Radioactive Material Orders/Shipping/Transfers; Radioactive Waste Pickup and Disposal; Survey Meter Calibration & Repair; Laser Safety