Health Physics Advisory Committee

Under the Radiation Protection Regulations of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), every licensee is required to implement a Radiation Safety Program that meets specified requirements. Additional requirements for radiation safety programs arise from legislation promulgated by provincial and municipal authorities. At McMaster University, the responsibility for establishing and continually reviewing the radiation safety program is delegated by the Office of the President to the Health Physics Advisory Committee (HPAC).

The HPAC is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Informing the President and Senior Management of the hazards related to the use of nuclear substances and radiation devices and to regulate their use as requested by the President.
  • Establishing and continually reviewing an adequate radiation safety program at McMaster University.
  • Create and implement policies, programs and systems required to establish, maintain and verify the University’s compliance with radiation protection regulations promulgated by federal, provincial and municipal authorities.
  • Granting authorizations and restricting use of nuclear substances and radiation devices within the limits prescribed in the applicable CNSC licences for the work, taking into consideration the risks and benefits to the University of the work.
  • Suspending, if necessary, the use at McMaster University of radioactive material or equipment that emits ionizing radiation, regardless of the source of authorization.
  • Providing radiation protection services on a contractual basis at McMaster University locations to non-McMaster University organizations. Such organizations must obtain a separate CNSC licence specifying that they will conform to this radiation safety program and the requirements of the HPAC.

Note: The HPAC has no authority with respect to patient safety in medical diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.