Health Physicist Duties and Responsibilities
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.
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
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
- Participates on a variety of committees involving radiation
- 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
- 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.
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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