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Radiation Safety Division (RSD)
United States Department of Agriculture

Radiation Safety Committee

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license specifies that USDA have a Radiation Safety Committee (RSC).  The RSC is a policy making committee that meets quarterly in various places. The RSC provides Departmental oversight of, and establishes Departmental policy for, the Radiation Safety Program. Members are agency and management representatives. In addition, technical representatives provide expertise in such areas as human studies, biotechnology research, animal research, and irradiator use. The RSC provides oversight of the Radiation Safety Division through annual program audits and provides advice and assistance to the Assistant Secretary for Administration, agency heads, and staff officials on matters pertaining to radiation safety. The RSC is compromised of representatives from the Agencies that use the radiation sources (APHIS, ARS, FS, FSIS, and NRCS).