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Nuclear Gauge Safety & Hazmat Certification Training
March 31 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm$179.00 – $279.00
Nuclear Gauge Safety & Hazmat Certification Training – VIRTUAL – See below for description of each course
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Safety and HazMat Training
8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Basic Radiation Safety Training 4.5 hr + Test 0.5 hr
1. Nuclear Gauge Basics
This section will cover some of the basic ideas behind the different types of gauges utilizing radioisotope sources. The various applications of radioisotope-based gauges will be discussed, and models of different gauges will be shown identifying the source and detector relationships.
2. Atomic Physics
This section will cover some of the basic ideas in atomic physics that every occupational worker utilizing radioisotopes is expected to be familiar with. The terms atomic number and mass number will be defined. The concept of isotope will then be explained in terms of the atomic number and mass number.
This section will define the term radioactivity in terms of physical processes taking place within the radioisotope. The units of radioactivity, Curie and Becquerel will be introduced and the conversion between the two units will be demonstrated. The difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation will be covered and the physiological effects of ionizing radiation on the body will be discussed. The concept of half life as applied to radioisotopes will be defined and discussed. In addition, the different types of radiation, alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron will be defined.
a. Worksheet on items 1 to 3
4. Health Safety
The concepts of activity, exposure, and dose will be introduced and the distinctions between the concepts discussed. Quality factors or RBE (Radiation biological equivalent) will be introduced and its meaning relative to dose by different types of radiation examined. Occupational worker dose limits will be covered as well as public dose limits. Occupational dose reports will be covered giving the worker sufficient knowledge to interpret an occupational dose report. The primary directive ALARA will be emphasized and its application to health safety in radiation environments emphasized.
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The regulations governing the ownership, storage, leak testing, dosimetry, and application of radiation sources will be covered. Specific parts of Federal code of regulations CFR 10 part 20 will be highlighted and discussed. The radiation safety plan will be introduced and the items necessary for a radiation plan including RSO (radiation safety officer), record keeping, transfer of gauges, and temporary storage to name a few. In addition, the duties, and responsibilities of the radiation safety officer (RSO) will be discussed.
a. Worksheet item 5
6. Transportation: CFR 49 Subpart H
This will cover the transportation of radioactive material (Hazmat) and how radioactive material needs to be labeled and marked for transportation. In addition, the different types of labeling and marking will be covered. Security of gauges with radioisotopes will also be covered when under constant surveillance or not under constant surveillance. Emergency procedures will be covered indicating what documents and procedures are necessary in the event of an accident or other emergency.
a. Worksheet on item 6
7. USDOT Hazmat Video Training – Required USDOT
A comprehensive test will be distributed to the participants containing 50 questions. This will be a closed book test and a score of 70 or above is required to pass. To prepare for the test a series of worksheets with questions similar to the questions on the test will be presented to the participants at regular intervals during the training.
1:30pm – 5:00 pm
Radiation Safety Officer 2-3 hr
1. Identification of Radioisotopes
This will cover the use of a chart of isotopes available online and how to find the specific properties of a radioisotope.
2. Radiation Safety Officer calculations
There are calculations that a radiation safety officer (RSO) should be able to perform as part of his or her duties. These calculations apply to the determination of the dose that members of the public would receive in the vicinity of these radioactive sources. Defining restricted areas to public access. Converting between rem and sievert will be covered and how to account for decay of radioisotopes will also be covered.
3. Radioactive Materials License
The different requirements of the radioactive materials license will be covered from the viewpoint of the NRC/NJRAD Form-313 radioactive materials license. Each section will be examined with reference to NUREG 1556 Vol 1 Rev 2.
This section will cover items of audit that may be especially targeted during an inspection based on NUREG 1556 Vol 1 Rev 2.
5. Emergency Response Procedures
Emergency response procedures will be covered along with Emergency Response Information based on ERG2020.
This section will emphasize securing gauges that employ radioisotopes. Examples will be given
that satisfy the requirement of “two independent physical controls”.