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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 400Q
Category: Protective Services


Under general direction of a lead or supervisory health physicist, performs the full range of radiological health assessments for one of the radiation protection programs, such as: inspection and/or licensing of radioactive materials users and facilities; inspection of radioactive waste disposal site operations; registration and/or inspection of radiation producing machines and facilities; environmental radiation monitoring and/or data analysis; or planning and training for radiation emergencies. Serves as a member of a radiation emergency response team

Typical Work

Conducts field inspections as Lead Inspector of either broad specifics and Priority 1 categories or radioactive materials license, or Priority 1 facilities with radiation producing devices;

Reviews and recommends approval or denial of the issuance of broad specific and Priority 1 radioactive materials licenses, as the Lead Reviewer;

Lead Investigator in determining causes for overexposures or unusual incidents involving radiation;

Lead evaluator on a radiation response team for emergencies at nuclear facilities;

Coordinates data processing activities for a program, including system development, and review of completed radiation survey forms for consistency with sound health physics principles;

Primary staff trainer in a radiation control program;

Speaks before public, civic and professional groups;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles, practices and methods of radiation protection; laws and regulations concerning control of ionizing radiation, health physics survey methods.

Ability to: plan and conduct surveys and training; cope with radiation incidents and emergencies; write and speak effectively; analyze data; work effectively with clients and peers.

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

One year as a Radiation Health Physicist 1. 


A Master's degree in radiological health, radiation safety, health physics or related field and one year of professional experience in an official radiation control program. 


A Bachelor's degree in a physical science, engineering or biological science and three years' radiation experience of which two years must have been 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

New class
Effective January 15, 1982
Revised March 3, 1986
Revises definition, deletes distinguishing characteristics
Revised June 10, 1988
Revises definition and minimum qualifications
New class code, formerly 60880, effective July 1, 2007.