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Introduction to Radiation Safety

Accredited continuing education course on safe handling of radioactive materials

Radiation measurement device

Introduction

The use of radionuclides and radiation sources in industry,
medicine, and education continues to create a need for
persons trained in their safe use. To meet this need, ORAU
conducts a five-day training course—Introduction to Radiation Safety. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene grants 5.0 Certification Maintenance Points to CIHs for completion of this course.

Training dates

Course description

This five-day lecture/laboratory course is an introduction to the basic science behind radiation safety and to common applications of radiation safety principles. Lectures include a description of common radiation sources, interactions of radiation with matter, biological effects, detection, and measurement. Laboratory exercises emphasize radiation detection and measurement techniques using both fixed and portable instrumentation.

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals who are new to working around sources of radiation and those who are interested in reinforcing their basic understanding of radiation safety and measurements.

Cost

$1,995 — The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

Tentative course schedule

Monday
8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation and Photo 
9:00 AM INTRODUCTION TO RADIOACTIVITY
11:00 AM INTERACTIONS OF RADIATION
WITH MATTER
1:00 PM Demo: Cloud Chamber Demonstration
2:00 PM DECAY RATES
3:30 PM RADIATION SAFETY PRINCIPLES
Tuesday
8:00 AM INTRODUCTION TO SURVEY INSTRUMENTS
9:30 AM Lab: GM Detectors
1:00 PM DOSIMETRIC QUANTITIES AND UNITS
3:00 PM Lab: Survey Instruments - Meet your meter/oil cloth surveys
3:15 PM Lab: Survey Instruments - Inverse Square law
Wednesday
8:00 AM NCRP 160
9:00 AM BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF RADIATION
11:00 am PRACTICAL SHIELDING APPLICATIONS
1:00 PM GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY OVERVIEW
2:15 PM Lab: Gamma Spectroscopy
Thursday
8:00 AM RADIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS
9:30 AM Lab: Laboratory Techniques and Sample Preparation
1:00 PM RADIATION SURVEYS
2:15 PM Lab: Contamination Surveys
3:15 PM Lab: Dose Rate Surveys
Friday
8:00 AM MEDICAL USES OF RADIATION
9:15 AM INDUSTRIAL SOURCES OF RADIATION
10:30 AM RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT
11:30 AM Lab: Internet Resources
12:00 PM Course Critiques and Adjourn

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152

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