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ALARA Policy

Idaho State University is committed to an effective radiation protection program to eliminate unnecessary exposures to radiation and to reduce all exposures to levels that are As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA), taking into account social and economic considerations.  The ALARA principle is a formal requirement of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The ALARA principle is implemented by a comprehensive radiation protection program that includes specific requirements and procedures for: 

  • training of all radiation users,
  • safety evaluations of proposed facilities or projects utilizing radiation in any way,
  • regular surveys of work areas for contamination and exposure rates,
  • monitoring of radiation exposures to groups and individuals,
  • investigations of all exposures that exceed predetermined levels, and
  • reviews of the program by the Radiation Safety Committee.

Idaho State University's ALARA Goals
The ALARA goals for Idaho State University are set by the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC).  The RSC reviews the University's goal at least annually to verify all exposures at ISU are consistent with the ALARA policy of the NRC. 

ALARA Goals for the Radiation Safety Program:

  • Total effective dose equivalent being equal to 1000 mrem/year (300 mrem/calender quarter).
If an ALARA goal is exceeded, the TSO will perform an investigation.  The TSO's investigation is intended to determine if the personnel are following good radiation protection practices and if the ALARA goals are appropriate for the particular activity.  Appropriate action will be taken based upon the results of the TSO's investigation.


  Key Words: As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA), ALARA goals
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  Quiz:  Who sets Idaho State University's ALARA goals?
a) ISU Radiation Safety Committee b) NRC c) Radiation Safety Officer d) TSO
  Health Physics Society Ask the Experts Site - ALARA Principle

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