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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

HEALTH PHYSICIST 1

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HEALTH PHYSICIST 1
400E
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

Perform professional assignments related to the regulatory requirements at the institution to assure the safe use of radiation.

Definition

Under general supervision, maintain operation of a radiation safety program unit(s) such as laboratory surveys and inspections, personnel monitoring, waste collection and disposal, radioactive material inventory control, radiation instrument calibration, etc. Advise faculty and staff concerning compliance with radiation control regulations and conditions of the institution's license to use radioactive material.

Distinguishing Characteristics

First-level class of series. Conduct licensing pre-authorization evaluation and inspection of radiation laboratories, instruments and work practices to ensure compliance with campus, state and federal regulations on radiation safety.

Typical Work

Schedule and conduct laboratory surveys and inspections, evaluate samples, record results, report and follow up deficiencies, initiate non-compliance citations, prepare periodic summary reports; 

Review applications for authorization to use radiation; visit user facilities; interview applicants' prepare authorization documents; establish records and files;  

Monitor inventory of radioactive materials; initiate inventory file; approve new orders; update inventory with disposal reports; compare allowed to existing inventory; 

Maintain inventory and schedule for instrument calibration; calibrate instruments; process charges for services;  

Maintain schedule for monitoring workers; conduct in vivo thyroid tests; maintain records; initiate reports of high exposures; investigate high exposures;  

Direct collection and packaging of radioactive waste; prepare shipping documents; arrange for vehicle inspection; schedule shipment;

Perform related duties as required.

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 Bachelor's Degree in science or engineering and two years of experience in a radiation safety program, OR a Master's Degree in radiological sciences or equivalent.  

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New class adopted January 3, 1973.
Revise class. Revises title, general revision; adopted October 19, 1984.
Revise class. Revises class code; adopted November 18, 1985.
Revise class. Revised minimum qualifications; adopted July 2, 1990.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 4762); adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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