The goal of the Lincoln University’s radiation safety program is to protect users, co-workers and the general public from exposure to radiation and radioactive materials. The operating philosophy of Lincoln University Radiation Program is to maintain all radiation exposures at as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) levels. The Radiation Safety Officer and EHS provide assistance to authorized users of radioactive material to ensure that the University complies with the radiation safety regulations and all other applicable U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requirements.
An Academic Research and Development and Other Licenses of Limited Scope (ARDL) was issued to Lincoln University by the NRC on September 10, 1974. The current license allows Lincoln University to receive, possess, use, and transfer byproduct in limited amounts. Lincoln University’s NRC Radioactive Materials License and other pertinent radiation information documents are on file and are available for reading to those interested by contacting Dr. Wuliji, the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) or EHS.
Effective October 1, 2008, all radioactive materials in use at medical, industrial, and educational facilities in Missouri came under the full and sole regulatory jurisdiction of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, since Missouri is not an NRC agreement state. The State of Missouri's Radiation Protection Regulations pertain to all sources of ionizing radiation not covered by the Federal regulations. Since the Federal regulations for safe use of radioactive materials cover only byproduct, source, and special nuclear material, the State regulations are intended to control operation of radiation producing machines that do not contain radioactive sources (i.e. X-ray, XRF, & XRD machines that produces radiation via cathode ray tubes). Lincoln University relates to the Missouri Department of Health in the same way it relates to the NRC to comply with the State regulations.