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RADIATION HEALTH PHYSICIST 3

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RADIATION HEALTH PHYSICIST 3
400R
Category: Protective Services

Definition

Is responsible for the activities of a specific program within the Office of Radiation Protection and is designated the program lead for one of the following programs: X-Ray Inspections, X-Ray Registration/Plan Review, Radioactive Materials Inspections, Radioactive Materials Licensing, Uranium Mills, Radwaste Technical Operations, Low-Level Waste Site Inspections, Emission Monitoring, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Assessment, Trojan Fixed Nuclear Facility Emergency Response, and WNP-2 Fixed Nuclear Facility Emergency Response; and is a member of a radiation emergency response team.

Typical Work

Supervises professional staff engaged in registration, licensing, investigation, environmental monitoring and other activities relating to control of nuclear energy and radiation;

Coordinates and conducts a licensing and compliance program in accordance with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements and State standards for the use of nuclear materials in a manner consistent with the protection of public and occupational health;

Develops licensing plan of operations; assists in the development of standards; prepares informational and regulatory publications for users or potential users of nuclear energy;

Reviews and evaluates licensee applications for use of nuclear materials and makes or reviews field inspections for compliance;

Supervises field and office personnel utilized in the licensing program;

Provides training to State and local health departments and other personnel in radiation instrument use, decontamination and monitoring;

Serves as professional consultant to hospital and nursing home officials in matters pertaining to radiation protection procedures, techniques, shielding, x-ray film use, radium and other radioactive materials and radiation;

Prepares reports, technical articles, speeches and correspondence;

Speaks before public, civic and professional groups for education and technical development purposes; organizes and conducts seminars for safe use of radiation;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles, practices and methods of radiation protection procedures; research, design and techniques; laws and rules concerning control of ionizing radiation, radiation instruments, maintenance and use; decontamination and monitoring radiated materials.

Ability to: plan and conduct research and write legislation based on results; cope with emergencies in radiation accidents; maintain liaison with local government personnel and professional people in various fields; provide information and guidance to advisory committees on radiation control.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Master's degree in radiological health, radiation safety, health physics or closely related field and two years' professional experience in an official radiation control program. 

OR

A Bachelor's degree in a physical science, engineering or biological science and four years' professional experience in an official radiation control program.

A Master's degree in any of the above fields may be substituted for one year of experience. 

Note:  An official radiation control program is an activity operated by a State or Federal agency, or by a private entity large enough to devote full-time staff to the review and control of the uses of radiation as defined below in "Radiation Control". 

"Radiation Control" as used in this specification refers to the activities generally of a health physics nature, intended to limit human exposure to radiation to the greatest extent possible; monitoring the uses of radiation with respect to human and environmental exposure; reviewing human exposure records and taking appropriate steps to further reduce exposure as necessary; conducting activities with the intent of limiting exposure as opposed to participating in radiation exposure procedures.

Class Specification History

Revised March 1, 1968
General revision and title change
Revised November 9, 1979
Revises definition, minimum qualifications, and title change (formerly Radiation Control Specialist 3) and general revision
Revised November 13, 1981
Revises definition
Revised January 15, 1982
Revises definition, minimum qualifications, and title change (formerly Radiation Health Physicist 2)
Revised March 3, 1986
Revises definition
Revised June 10, 1988
Revises definition
New class code, formerly 60890, effective July 1, 2007.

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