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Radiation Safety Officer Training

Continuing education for health physicists responsible for their organization’s radiation safety program

Radiation Safety Officer instructor and student

Introduction

Personnel responsible for radiation safety activities are faced with numerous administrative and technical issues. These issues are often complex and require individuals who are well trained and responsive to existing and evolving regulations. To assist those individuals who desire a successful radiation safety program, ORAU conducts a five-day training course—Radiation Safety Officer Training. The American Academy of Health Physics will grant 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 introduces course participants to relevant issues that influence the effectiveness of a radiation safety program. The course emphasizes a variety of administrative and technical issues that a radiation safety officer has to address. An interactive format offers the opportunity for instructor/group discussions to facilitate the learning process.

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals who presently have or anticipate having the responsibility for radiation safety officer activities at their facility. Participants should be familiar with the basics of health physics and radiation safety. Individuals new to the field are advised to attend the Introduction to Radiation Safety or Applied Health Physics courses as a prerequisite.

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 and Registration
9:00 AM RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE RSO: CHAIN OF COMMAND AND RSO AUTHORITY
10:00 AM COMMUNICATION AND TRAINING
11:00 AM INVENTORY CONTROL AND RECORDS
1:00 PM SECURITY OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
2:00 PM SURVEY INSTRUMENTS
3:15 PM TRANSPORTATION OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Tuesday
8:00 AM DOSIMETRY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
9:00 AM RADIATION SOURCES AND EQUIPMENT
12:30 PM ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
1:30 PM Lab: Survey Instruments
2:30 PM Lab: Survey Instruments
3:30 PM Lab: Shipping and Receiving RAM Packages
Wednesday
8:00 AM CALIBRATION OF SURVEY METERS
9:30 AM Lab: Instrument Calibration – Alpha and Beta Counters
10:30 AM Lab: Instrument Calibration – Ionization Chambers
12:30 PM RADIATION SURVEYS
1:30 PM Lab: Dose Rate Surveys
2:30 PM Lab: Contamination Surveys
4:00 PM Lab: Floor Monitoring
Thursday
8:00 AM INTERNAL DOSIMETRY FOR THE RSO
9:30 AM RADIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS
10:30 AM SEALED SOURCE DESIGN AND LEAK TESTING
12:30 PM LIQUID SCINTILLATION COUNTING
1:30 PM GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY OVERVIEW
2:30 PM Lab: Gamma Spectroscopy
4:00 PM Lab: Sealed Source Leak Testing
Friday
8:00 AM RADIOACTIVE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
9:00 AM INSPECTIONS AND AUDITS
10:00 AM RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT
11:30 AM Internet Resources
12:00 PM 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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