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Health Physicist Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Develops and monitors Health Physics/Radiation Control programs, which involve the use of radioactive materials to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and licenses.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is fourth in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from the Radiation Control Specialist by its authority to develop Health Physics/Radiation Control programs using required higher levels of technical education and training. Incumbents work with hazardous materials.

Examples of Duties:

  • Communicates with public officials to determine status of regulations, evaluates potential effects on the university, and makes necessary program alterations.
  • Maintains licenses and registrations with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), including evaluating adequacy and preparation of new license applications for university radiation safety committee.
  • Participates on a variety of committees involving radiation safety issues.
  • Provides professional advice and assistance to university departments on problems.
  • Provides engineering services, such as design and calculation of shielding.
  • Develops, modifies, tests, and/or evaluates new or improved instrumentation, equipment, analytical procedures, operating procedures, evaluation techniques, and computer programs.
  • Prepares written guidelines on radiation control standards and practices, and how to resolve related problems.
  • Provides public information and training on radiation and other environmental stresses, their uses, problems, and control.
  • Reviews projects periodically; performs measurements and evaluations adequate to locate, evaluate, control, and record health physics problems.
  • Summarizes data and prepares reports for information and evaluation purposes and for protection of the university in the event of litigation.
  • Consults with faculty and staff to anticipate future health physics problems, and plans corrective measures.
  • Makes preparations for emergencies and takes necessary actions in emergencies to minimize health physics problems and to assure quick recovery.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of electronic and mechanical equipment in health physics applications.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and university rules and regulations relative to the health physics program.
  • Skill in responding to radiation emergency situations and taking corrective action.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in Industrial Hygiene, Health Physics or related field AND two years of radiation measurement and safety control experience; OR, Eight years of radiation measurement and safety control experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Eligibility for certification in Health Physics by the American Board of Health Physics or the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.


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