UGC guidelines for using radioactive elements

Last Updated: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 15:48

New Delhi: University Grants Commission
(UGC) has issued guidelines to varsities on use and safe
disposal of radioactive elements, nearly eight months after
origin of Cobalt-60, which lead to the death of a man here,
was traced to Delhi University`s chemistry department.

"UGC has asked various universities and colleges
to follow the set guidelines on usage of radioactive elements
without fail," UGC chief AN CAG said.

Under these guidelines, universities and colleges have
been asked to seek permission from the Atomic Energy Regulatory
Board (AERB) on purchase of radioactive substance, details on
its use, formation and solutions in case of an emergency among
others.

Cobalt-60, a radioactive isotope of cobalt, led to
the death of a scrap shop worker in West Delhi’s Mayapuri last
year following which the UGC had issued fresh guidelines in
connection with the usage of radioactive elements.

The element was lying unused for 25 years in the
department.

Under these guidelines, the varsities have to obtain
No Objection Certificate from AERB, which can also monitor the
colleges from where they have gathered the material.

They are also directed to maintain proper disposal
mechanism for liquid radioactive substance.

These educational institutions also require AERB`s
approval for the use of X-ray machines, the UGC official said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 15:48

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