Ionising radiation is currently used in a number of locations within Leiden University.
Non-ionising radiation (NIR) occurs among others in places where people work with lasers, ultra-violet light (UV light), magnetic fields and infra-red light.
The rules for handling radioactive substances and equipment which emit ionising radiation are described in the Nuclear Energy Act and the accompanying resolutions and ministerial regulations .
The ‘personal radiation dosimetry’ regulations describe a method for calculating whether persons working on given premises are required to wear a personal dosimeter.
When a radionuclide laboratory is closed down, the local radiation expert must thoroughly inspect the premises to eliminate the possibility of infection with radioactive substances.
Within Leiden University and the LUMC, the Radiation Protection Unit (RPU/HSE) is responsible for ensuring safe conditions when working with radioactive substances and x-ray equipment.
In order to be allowed to work with radioactive substances in a radionuclide laboratory, Leiden University employees, guests, students and internees have to receive adequate training.