Individuals who want to use radioactive materials, lasers or irradiators are required to take Harvard-specific training before working with the radiation sources (radioactive materials, lasers, and X-ray devices). Refer to the sections below for the radiation types to determine the training requirements. There are links at the bottom of this page to take on-line training when applicable.
Radioactive materials users need to complete online Radioactive Materials Safety training before using radioactive materials. Online refresher training is required every two years.
Those who desire access to an irradiator need to follow the Irradiator Access-Approval Process.
Use of a Class 3B or 4 laser requires completion of the Radiation Protection Office Laser Safety training before using a laser (see the laser safety training schedule). Laser training is refreshed every two years. Users may choose to complete a laser pre-assignment eye exam (not required) prior to laser use (according to the laser pre-assignment eye exam instructions).
Lab-Made Laser Microscopes
Users of a lab-made microscope need to complete the full laser safety training noted above.
Commercially-Made Laser Microscopes
When using an unmodified commercially-manufactured laser microscope, users must complete the online Commercial Laser Microscope Safety training. However, if you service or adjust the laser of a commercial microscope or use a lab-made microscope, you will need to complete the full laser safety requirements.
The requirements for X-ray training vary greatly by machine type. Please contact the Radiation Protection Office at 617-496-3797 or email email@example.com to determine training requirements.
Users with a Harvard University ID (HUID) should use the online EHS Training Management System to complete web-based training or view classroom training schedules.
Users without a HUID (e.g., Affiliates) should log into the Radiation Safety Training System, which only provides radioactive materials training.
If you have questions, please call the Radiation Protection Office at 617-496-3797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.