Radiation Producing Equipment

The purpose of this program is to ensure that Penn State employees and students work safely with machines that produce ionizing radiation and comply with all Federal and Commonwealth regulations and Penn State polices.

Important Reminders:

  • Pennsylvania State Code and University policy require new Radiation Producing Equipment (including x-rays) to be registered within days of arriving on-campus, even if the unit has not been placed into service. 
  • State Code and University policy also require Radiation Producing Equipment (including x-rays) that have been moved or repaired to be inspected prior to being returned to service.
  • Lastly, State Code and University Policy  require that all users of radiation producing equipment (including x-rays), except Electron Microscopes, complete the EHS Radiation Producing Equipment (X-Ray) Parts 1 & 2 training before first use of the equipment.

EHS can assist – please contact us in any of these circumstances!

Radiation producing equipment (RPE) consists of the following types of equipment and examples:

  • X-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray flourescence (XRF), x-ray photo spectroscopy (XPS) and other application with x-ray tubes
  • Radiographic such as x-ray imaging for human or non-human use
  • Electron microscopes (SEM and TEM) and electron beam equipment such as probes, welders, or other applications with e-beam sources
  • Accelerators such as LINACs, ion implanters, cyclotrons, or other electron or ion accelerators.