RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER RSO 1 BASIC TRAINING

 

Radiation Safety Training is offered to specific use-type applications such as nuclear medicine, fixed and portable nuclear gauges and university/government research applications.  Training is also offered to emergency responders such as fire, police and EMS personnel.  Innovative training techniques are designed to offer a true learning experience with emphasizes on practical exercises.  

Topics covered in a radiation protection program includes the following:

Introduction to the uses of radioactive materials and their relative occupational risks;

RADIATION PHYSICS

-      structure of the atom
-      modes of radioactive decay
-      radioactive decay equations & neutron activation
-      units of radioactivity, radiation exposure and radiation dose rate
-      radioactive exponential decay & decay calculations
-      shielding properties & calculations
-      specific activity
-      gamma-ray constants

                       

HEALTH AFFECTS OF IONIZING RADIATION
-        acute vs. chronic exposure
-        biological effects
-         LD50
-         Somatic vs. Genetic Affects

PRINCIPLES OF RADIATION PROTECTION
 -     External Source Radiation Protection Procedures
 -     Internal Source Radiation Protection Procedures

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
-          Workshop approach to the development of emergency procedures


RADIATION DETECTION INSTRUMENTATION
-          Principles of radiation detection
-          Types of radiation survey meters
-          Maintenance of instrumentation
-          Use of radiation survey devices                       


REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS

-          In depth review of the pertinent Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission          Regulations &  Nuclear Safety & Control Act
-          Review of individual participant’s CNSC licence conditions, most recent annual compliance report and CNSC licence renewal application
-          Development of a radiation safety program


PRACTICAL EXERCISES
-          Demonstration of the principals of time, distance and shielding using a variety of radiation survey instruments.
-          Discussion of the calibration of radiation survey instruments
-          Discussion of radioactive sealed-source leak testing procedures and the development of radioactive sealed-source leak testing sampling certificates 

 

EXAMINATION
-          A final open-book examination on the last day of the course.

Course participants will receive a radiation safety manual, scientific calculator and a copy of the pertinent CNSC Regulations and the Nuclear Safety & Control Act.