Robert "Bob" Peterson (1954 - 2015)
Environmental Health & Safety is saddened to share the sudden passing of Bob Peterson on September 20, 2015. Bob worked for 20 years at Ohio State, as well as other universities, in the Radiation Safety program and was part of the Governor’s R.A.C. during his tenure at OSU. His vast technical knowledge and infectious personality will certainly be missed, not only by his EHS family, but by all who have worked with him through the years.
Bob is survived by Denise, his wife of 36 years and an OSU Wexner Medical Center employee, and two sons, Dr. Phillip Peterson (Philadelphia, PA) and Matthew Peterson (Columbus, OH).
During this transition period, please direct radiation safety questions to the following:
Research related issues:
Jeanne McGuire, Assistant Radiation Safety Officer
Wexner Medical Center /Patient related issues:
Mike Jedlicka, Medical Health Physicist
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this tough time.
Radiation Safety has oversight of more than 600 laboratories either working with or storing radioactive material.
We are the “keepers” of the licenses issued by the State of Ohio and the Federal Government. Our main goal is to provide a safe working environment for radiation workers and the general university public while allowing creative and breakthrough research to continue.
We are mandated by State and Federal Laws. Applicable state laws under the Ohio Administrative Code include:
• Chapter 38 – Radiation Protection Standards
• Chapter 58 – Use of Radioactive Materials on Humans
• Chapter 66 – Radiation Generating Devices
The Ohio State University has a type A medical broad scope license, which allows for the most diverse professional activities using radioactive materials. To maintain this broad scope license, OSU is required to establish administrative controls and provisions to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials. We are also required to establish a University Radiation Safety Committee (URSC) that meets on a quarterly basis. The role of the URSC is to review and approve applications for the use of radioactive materials, provide oversight of the radiation safety program, establish university policies consistent with ODH regulations, and ensure compliance.
Regulations are put into place to:
• Promote safe handling of Radioactive Material through proper design principals
• Measure radiation levels, monitor occupational exposures & maintain proper records
• Survey labs and clinical areas for the presence of radioactive contamination
• Monitor the proper disposal of radioactive waste
• Provide proper calibration of radiation detection equipment
• Provide and assist with written emergency procedures
• Provide initial, annual and continuing education training
• Establish written procedures for the proper use of RAM
Documents that may be helpful:
Radiation Safety Fundamentals
Radiation a Fact of Life
Evaluating Radioisotope Based Experimental Procedures
Radiation Safety Standards
Links that may be helpful:
The Radiation Information Network