University Radiation Safety Committee

The University Radiation Safety Committee (URSC) is an institutional oversight body that is mandated under the State of New Mexico regulations governing the use and licensing of radioactive material and other sources of ionizing radiation (20.3 NMAC). A primary function of the URSC is to establish and maintain university policies and procedures concerning how NMSU employees can use various regulated sources of ionizing radiation. It is also the responsibility of the URSC to provide and enforce safety guidelines for the use of licensed radioactive material and other regulated radiation producing devices at NMSU. The committee consists of a group of faculty and technical staff, appointed by the Vice President for Research (VPR), whose experience and expertise encompass the wide array of techniques and types of radioactive material and radiation-producing devices used at the university.

Any university employee proposing to use radioactive materials or a radiation-producing device in their research, clinical, or teaching activities must submit an application with a description of the activities to the URSC for approval. The acquisition or disposal of radioactive materials or radiation producing devices shall only be initiated following established URSC guidelines.

Contact the NMSU Radiation Safety Manager via email at or by phone at (575) 646-3327 with questions about the approval process for using radioactive material and devices.