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RADIATION HEALTH PHYSICIST 1

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RADIATION HEALTH PHYSICIST 1
400P
Category: Protective Services

Definition

Performs radiological health assessment assignments, under close supervision and guidance within established criteria, and assists higher level staff in the full range of radiological assessments assignments; serves as a member of a radiation emergency response team.

Typical Work

Conducts field inspections of users of ionizing radiation including medical, dental and industrial installations;

Consults with users on matters pertaining to radiation protection procedures, shielding, x-ray film use and use of radium and other radioactive materials;

When authorized by program head, represents the department in work with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on joint inspections of NRC licenses used by-product source and special nuclear material;

Reviews and approves plans for radiation installations as to protective equipment, structures and arrangement for radiation safety in connection with the health facilities; consults with architects and users on such installations;

Assists in planning for emergencies and serves as a member of emergency team for coping with radiation incidents and accidents;

Speaks before public, civic and professional groups for education and technical development purposes; assists in planning and conducting training programs for safe use of radiation;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles, practices and methods of radiation detection and protection; interpretation and correction of radiation exposure problems; health physics survey methods; regulations relating to control of ionizing radiation; physical and biological sciences as related to radiation control; mathematics.

Ability to: plan and conduct surveys and training sessions; maintain liaison with governmental agencies and private users; cope with emergency radiation incidents; analyze data; write and speak effectively.

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. 

OR

A Bachelor's degree in a physical science, engineering or biological science and two years' experience in the use of radiation.

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

Class Specification History

Effective November 1, 1963
Revised November 9, 1979
Revises definition, minimum qualifications, general revision, title change (formerly Radiation Control Specialist 2)
Revised January 15, 1982
Revises definition, minimum qualifications, and code change (formerly 6088)
Revised June 10, 1988
Revises definition and minimum qualifications
New class code, formerly 60870, effective July 1, 2007.

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