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Advanced Radiation Safety for EPA Emergency Responders

Category: Radiation Safety

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ARSFER Agenda
ARSFER Student Manual 2014

Course Description:

This two-day advanced radiation safety course is designed to meet the advanced radiation safety training requirements for emergency responders as stated in U.S. EPA Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program (SHEMP) Guide 38, and the U.S. EPA Emergency Responder Health and Safety Manual.  This course is intended for U.S. EPA emergency responders who engage in emergency response activities or manage a removal site where the potential for exposure to ionizing radiation exists.  This course will provide emergency responders with essential tools and information necessary to address radiation responses and removal actions.

Participants who attend this course are expected to have met the basic radiation safety training requirements for emergency responders as stated in U.S. EPA Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program (SHEMP) Guide 38, and the U.S. EPA Emergency Responder Health and Safety Manual.  Participants needing to meet the basic radiation safety training requirements, and gain a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of radiation safety will benefit from attending the “Radiation Safety Overview For Environmental Professionals” course prior to attending this course.
Topics that are discussed include radiation detection equipment; initial site surveys; dose limits and control; regional health physics support; posting requirements; placard and labeling; and EPA’s radiation response resources and assets.
Instructional methods include presentations, class discussions, demonstrations, and exercises that provide the use of hands-on radiation detection equipment.
After completing the course, participants will be able to:
• Discuss procedures and techniques that have been established for using radiation detection equipment.
• Discuss initial site surveys, and perform radiation surveys safely.
• Implement procedures for securing expert radiation safety or health physics assistance.
• Identify work practices and supervisory techniques that can be used to ensure employee exposure is as low as reasonably achievable.
• Discuss procedures for allowing exposures that may exceed the Administrative Control Level of 500 mrem per year.
• Identify EPA radiation response resources and assets.
The successful completion of an examination must be demonstrated by the student attaining a score of 80 percent or higher. 
Continuing Education Units: 1.2
NOTE: The course training materials and duration may be modified based on regional needs.  The presentation of this course is coordinated between the ERTP and the designated regional training coordinators.  Course registration and participation is limited to U.S EPA emergency responders, and other personnel with regional training contact approval.