Radiological Health

Radiological Health is a program within the State Public Health Laboratories which is responsible for safe use of radiation sources within the state of Alaska. Under Alaska statute the Program is responsible for Radiation Protection which includes the development of policies for evaluating radiation hazards, conducting surveys/investigations and training. This includes measurement and safe use of radiation, reviewing plans and shielding specifications for radiation sources, inspecting facilities where radiation sources are used, and contracting with other agencies where a cooperative effort is required in order to address radiation hazards. These responsibilities include both ionizing and non-ionizing sources, and radiation producing devices as well as radioactive materials. The main office is in Anchorage, however radon related activities are conducted out of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Environmental surveys and disaster response to radiation in the environment are the responsibility of the Department of Environmental Conservation.