Ionising radiation is used in a number of research and teaching areas at UQ.

If you work with radioactive substances and radiation apparatus, you must follow the Radiation Safety Policies, Procedures and Guidelines [2.80].

The procedures and guidelines help to ensure we comply with Queensland's radiation licensing and regulation requirements. These include requirements for individuals, as well as for compliance certification of radiation laboratories and radiation-producing equipment.

Contact your area's Radiation Safety Officer or the University Radiation Protection Advisor for more information or advice about legislation, procedures or any other aspect of working with radiation.

Safety data sheets

Safety data sheets (SDS) provide information about commonly used radioisotopes, including maximum limits for laboratory work, licence requirements and safety procedures.

Go to the Radiation Safety Data Sheets Guidelines [2.80.04] to download radiation SDS.

For information on other radioisotopes, contact the University Radiation Protection Advisor.


Before you work with radioactive substances and radiation apparatus, you must complete training and may be required to obtain a licence. Check the training and induction requirements for radiation workers.

Project approval

Projects using ionising radiation must be conducted in accordance with the Risk Management and Approval Processes to work with Radiation Sources Procedures [2.80.03].

  1. Complete an ionising radiation in research project assessment form (DOCX, 42.7 KB) or the laser radiation research assessment form (DOCX, 32.9 KB)
  2. Send the form to the appropriate school or centre Radiation Safety Officer for initial review.
  3. The Radiation Safety Officer will forward the form to the University Radiation Protection Advisor for final approval. Don’t start work on the project until final approval is granted.

Human or animal exposure to radiation

If your project involves the exposure of human or animal subjects to radiation, you may need to meet additional requirements.

You must comply with the relevant Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) code of practice:

You may also require current ethics approval from the relevant research ethics committees for research with humans and animals. After reviewing your project assessment form, the University Radiation Protection Advisor can provide documentation to use in your application for ethics approval.