Radiation Safety


Radiological protection

We take a lean and agile approach to radiological safety. This means that where possible risk assessments, guidance, local rules, Standard Operating Procedures etc. are generic and consistent. They should also be easy to find, then easy to understand.

Faculties, institutions and our user communities are responsible for the implementation of systems and the local management of activities through a network of Radiation Protection Officers, Supervisors and Departmental Laser Safety Advisers.

The Radiation Safety Unit (RSU) monitors compliance against the safety management systems. The appointed Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) and Radiation Waste Adviser (RWA) is Public Health England (PHE).

Who's on first base?

Most, if not all, of your projects must be passed through your local Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) or Departmental Laser Safety Adviser (DLSA) for initial approval. These officers are your first port of call for assistance: your peer workers or local safety people will know who these people are, or alternatively, explore our contacts list.

In addition, all acquisitions of sources of ionising radiation must be approved prior to ordering. Dr John Hughes, the Radiation Protection Officer is the approver for 'North Campus' and the Radiation Safety Unit for 'South Campus'.

Radiation Safety Unit

If you get stuck or need help do not hesitate to contact anyone in the RSU team: Ian Haslam (Head of Radiological Protection) on 56983 for ionising, lasers and non-ionising (UV, EMF, NMR etc.), Austin Taunton, Pavle Mocilac or Denise Langrish on 56982 for ionising including source purchase & management, Katharine Sullivan on 56982 for lasers and non-ionising, or Lorraine Wedren (Finance Administrator) on 56980 for training and general enquiries.

The Radiation Safety Unit is located on the 7th Floor of the Williamson Building. Enter the building via the Oxford Road entrance and take the lift to the 4th floor. Turn left out of the lift, and follow the corridor, passing through two sets of doors. Take the stairwell to the 7th floor and ring the bell. If you have difficulty with the stairs please give one of us a call and we'll give you access to the secure lift:


Associated Institutes

Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute Day-to-day management of radiological safety is carried out by the site Radiation Protection Co-ordinator, Colin Gleeson, in association with the appointed RPSs. Christie Medical Physics and Engineering is the appointed RPA / RWA.

Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre Day-to-day management of radiological safety is carried out by the site RPSs. Christie Medical Physics and Engineering is the appointed RPA / RWA

Dalton Cumbrian Facility Day-to-day management of radiological safety is carried out by the Radiation Protection Co-ordinator, Kevin Warren, with assistance from the site RPSs. Public Health England is the appointed RPA / RWA.

Emergencies and incidents

The emergency / contingency plans for accidents and occurences and also advice on what to do in the event of the suspected theft or loss of a radioactive source are found in the local rules.

Site under construction

Please bear with us, this site is under construction. Essential information will be available by the beginning of academic year 2015/16, with development continuing over 2015/2017 to make this a single point of contact for all radiological protection needs. Send any thoughts, observations and requests to Ian Haslam and Pavle Mocilac, the site managers.