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Radiation Safety

Vision Statement

We provide expert guidance and timely service to the University Community through our commitment to health and safety. Employing best practices and collaboration, and by building long term relationships, we promote a productive and safety-conscious work environment.

The Radiation Safety Program is responsible for assisting the Columbia University community in the safe use of ionizing radiation including radioactive materials (RAM) and x-rays. The program is designed to protect users, staff, patients, the general public and environment from exposure, and ensure the safe receipt, handling, use and storage of RAM.  The mission of this program is to facilitate safe conditions for utilizing radiation, maintain radiation exposures As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA), and to ensure operations are in compliance with applicable city, state and federal regulations.  

The Radiation Safety Program is supervised by one or more Radiation Safety Committees and serves 10 campuses and major facilities in three counties, including:

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (Morningside)
  • Columbia University, Manhattanville campus
  • Columbia University Medical Center and associated research facilities
  • Columbia-Presbyterian Eastside
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Allen Hospital
  • New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Nevis Laboratories (Irvington, NY)
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Palisades, NY)
  • Barnard College
  • ColumbiaDoctors (1290 Avenue of the Americas, a.k.a. 51 W51st ST)

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