The new radiation safety director at West Virginia University and WVU Hospitals Inc. says he will have”zero tolerance”for improper use of radioactive materials.

Nasser Razmianfar, an 11-year employee of the Universitys radiation safety office, assumed his new post Sept. 1. He had been interim director since May 15.

“My main goal is ensuring safe and effective use of radiation and radioactive materials throughout WVU and WVU Hospitals,”Dr. Razmianfar said.”The safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors is vital.”

Another goal of the new director is seeing that the University and WVUH are in complete compliance with rules set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state regulatory agencies.

“We will do frequent unannounced inspections, visiting research and clinical labs to make sure they are in compliance,”he said.”If they are not, we will take appropriate action. We will have zero tolerance for violations.”

WVU uses radioactive materials in the Agricultural Sciences Building, Brooks Hall, Clark Hall, Engineering Sciences Building and Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

In February, the NRC fined WVU $2,750 for violations found during an inspection last November. WVU has taken action to correct those violations.

“We had our last inspection by the NRC in June,”Razmianfar said.”The agencys inspectors did not find any violations and were very impressed by the Universitys corrective actions.”

A native of Iran, Razmianfar has undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and economics from the University of Tehran, a masters degree in safety sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree in environmental sciences from WVU . He also has certification as a radiation safety officer.

He was senior program administrator in the radiation safety office before accepting this appointment.

Provost Gerald Lang said he is pleased with Razmianfars role.
p. “He has been most conscientious in his previous efforts to ensure that WVU remains in compliance with regulations of the NRC ,”Lang said.”As the new radiation safety director, I know he will raise campus awareness through education and training, promoting safe use of radioactive materials in our research and clinical settings.”

Dr. Robert Biddington, associate vice president for the Health Sciences Center, agreed that Razmianfar is the right man for the directors job.

“Nasser has tremendous experience in the area of radiation safety and will be a real asset to the institution in his new role,”Biddington said.