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Radiation Safety & Health Physics Training

PTP is the source for professional radiological sciences training

PTP sealTraining and educating a highly skilled workforce that can meet operational requirements in the areas of radiation safety and health physics is an essential part of protecting your workers, the public and the environment.

Since 1948, ORAU has trained more than 30,000 scientists, physicians, engineers, educators, regulators and personnel in a variety of radiation safety and health physics topics through its Professional Training Programs (PTP). ORAU's PTP conducts a wide variety of health physics and radiation safety training courses, including our noteworthy, five-week Applied Health Physics course and multiple one-week offerings.

The following courses are available at our Oak Ridge, Tenn., training facility. If you wish to discuss developing a customized radiation safety or health physics training course for delivery at your site, contact Tonya Bernhardt at 865.241.6620 or Tonya.Bernhardt@orau.org.

Courses Offered*

Training Dates

Applied Health Physics September 10 - October 12, 2018
MARSAME October 15-18, 2018
MARSSIM October 22-26, 2018
Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials November 5-9, 2018
Gamma Spectroscopy December 3-7, 2018
Site Characterization in Support of Decommissioning:
Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
December 3-7, 2018
Applied Health Physics February 25 - March 29, 2019
Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials April 8-12, 2019
Environmental Monitoring April 15-19, 2019
Gamma Spectroscopy June 3-7, 2019
MARSSIM June 10-14, 2019
Health Physics Statistics June 24-28, 2019
Occupational Internal Dosimetry July 29 - August 2, 2019
Introduction to Radiation Safety August 12-16, 2019
Radiation Safety Officer Training August 13-19, 2019
Medical Radiation Safety Officer Training August 13-19, 2019
MARSAME August 26-23, 2019
Applied Health Physics September 9 - October 11, 2019
Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials October 21-25, 2019
MARSSIM October 28 - November 1, 2019
Gamma Spectroscopy December 9-13, 2019
Site Characterization in Support of Decommissioning:
Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
December 9-13, 2019

*NOTE: The decision deadline for running a course is 30 days prior to the course start date. If there are not enough registrants at that time, the course will be cancelled, so please REGISTER EARLY. If you are unable to register prior to the deadline, please contact the Registrar for assistance.

  • Applied Health Physics Course instructor and students

    Applied Health Physics

    The use of radiation in industry, medicine, and education has created a need for persons trained in the principles of radiation safety and health physics. To meet this need, ORAU conducts a five-week training course—Applied Health Physics. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

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  • Air Sampling

    Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials

    This five-day, laboratory-oriented course introduces participants to the basic theories and mechanics of air sampling for radionuclides. Approximately 40% of the time is spent collecting and analyzing air samples; the remaining time is devoted to lectures.

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  • Environmental Monitoring Course instructor and students in the field

    Environmental Monitoring

    This five-day, laboratory-oriented course introduces participants to the basic theories and mechanics of environmental monitoring for radioactivity. Approximately 50% of the time is spent collecting and analyzing samples; the remaining time is devoted to lectures.

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  • Gamma Spectroscopy Course instructor and students in classroom

    Gamma Spectroscopy

    This five-day, laboratory-oriented course covers the basics of radionuclide identification and quantification by gamma spectroscopy. Approximately 50% of the time will be spent in the laboratory.

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  • Health Physics Statistics Course instructor and students in classroom

    Health Physics Statistics

    This five-day course introduces participants to the use of statistics in operational health physics. The course is divided between lectures and practical laboratory activities designed to reinforce important principles. Core concepts such as probability distributions, descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing are included to support more detailed discussions on uncertainty propagation and statistical tests.

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  • Introduction to Radiation Safety Course student in lab

    Introduction to Radiation Safety

    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.

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  • Medical Radiation Safety Training Officer Course instructor and students

    Medical Radiation Safety Officer

    This five-day lecture/laboratory course introduces course participants to current issues and technologies in the medical applications of radiation. The issues and technologies are discussed in the context of improving and developing an institution’s radiation safety program.

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  • MARSAME Course student in class

    MARSAME

    This four-day training course focuses on the methodology and practical application of the MARSAME standard. This standard supplements the MARSSIM manual that has become the basis for real property final status surveys. The objective of the course is to provide attendees with a solid understanding of the MARSAME standard, practice through exercise and provide practical information related to its implementation.

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  • MARSSIM Training Course instructor in class

    MARSSIM

    This five-day course emphasizes the decision-making processes involved in the design and implementation of a MARSSIM-based decommissioning survey. Topics include an overview of radiological survey types, the data quality objectives process, selection and application of DCGLs, background reference area selection, survey instrument detection sensitivity, area classification, statistical design of surveys, measurement uncertainty and performing statistical tests.

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  • Human figure showing circulatory system

    Occupational Internal Dosimetry

    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 United States and internationally.

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  • Radiation Safety Officer Training Course equipment

    Radiation Safety Officer Training

    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.

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  • Worker conducting site characterization survey

    Site Characterization in Support of Decommissioning

    This five-day course emphasizes site evaluation, data planning, survey implementation and tools, data interpretation, and decision-making processes involved in the historical site assessment, scoping survey and characterization survey phases of decommissioning. Topics include: site assessment, surveys for radiological and chemical contaminants, data quality objectives and assessments, safety evaluations, planning and budgeting.

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Contact us

For more information about ORAU's Professsional Training Programs, contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs 
P.O. Box 117, MS-11
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152
registrar@orau.org