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Occupational Internal Dosimetry Training

Continuing education course for health physics professionals engaged in radiation dose measurement

Health Physics professional in protective equipment

Introduction

Personnel working with unencapsulated radioactive materials have the potential to receive internal doses via inhalation or ingestion. Recent experience involving the intake of alpha emitters at nuclear power plants has created a need for individuals who understand the current methods for determining radiation dose from such intakes. To meet this need, ORAU conducts a five-day training course—Occupational Internal Dosimetry. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

Training dates

Course description

This five-day course is designed to provide course participants with a thorough understanding of current methods for determining radiation doses resulting from intakes of radioactive materials by workers. The course covers the basic concepts and principles of internal dose assessments, and describes the ICRP internal dosimetry systems and models currently in use in the U.S. and internationally. Bioassay methods (both direct and indirect) are reviewed and bioassay interpretation is discussed in detail. Regulations and regulatory guidance is discussed, including the design of bioassay programs and methods for demonstrating regulatory compliance. Finally, quality assurance and methods for program evaluation are covered. Throughout the course, students work detailed example problems covering all aspects of internal dose assessment.

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals who currently have or anticipate having the responsibility to implement, manage, or evaluate occupational internal dosimetry programs. Participants should be familiar with basic concepts and radiation quantities and units.

Cost

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

Tentative course schedule

Monday
8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation, and Photo
8:30 AM INTRODUCTION TO INTERNAL DOSIMETRY
11:15 AM DOSIMETRY SYSTEMS-ICRP 2
1:00 PM DOSIMETRY SYSTEMS-ICRP 26/30
2:00 PM DOSIMETRY SYSTEMS-ICRP 60
3:00 PM DOSIMETRY SYSTEMS-ICRP 103
3:30 PM Problem Session
Tuesday
8:00 AM INTAKE MODELS: INHALATION
9:30 AM INTAKE MODELS: INGESTION
11:00 AM INTAKE MODELS: CONTAMINATED WOUNDS
12:45 PM SYSTEMIC BIOKINETIC MODELS
2:00 PM DOSIMETRY MODELS
3:00 PM Problem Session
Wednesday
8:00 AM REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE AIR SAMPLING IN THE WORKPLACE
10:15 AM BIOASSAY PROGRAMS
12:30 PM IN VITRO BIOASSAY METHODS
1:30 PM IN VIVO BIOASSAY METHODS
2:15 PM BIOASSAY DATA INTERPRETATION
3:30 PM Problem Session
Thursday
8:00 AM NRC REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE
9:00 AM INTERNAL DOSIMETRY AT NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
10:15 PM INTERNAL DOSIMETRY AT URANIUM FACILITIES
12:30 PM INTERNAL DOSIMETRY AT RESEARCH & MEDICAL FACILITIES
1:30 PM FETAL DOSIMETRY
2:15 PM INTERNAL DOSIMETRY COMPUTER CODES
3:00 PM Problem Session
Friday
8:00 AM TREATMENT FOR INTERNAL CONTAMINATION
8:45 AM SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL
10:30 AM Q&A
11:30 AM Course Critique 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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