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    The employee is the Stratton VA Medical Center (SVAMC) Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). He/she is responsible for developing and enforcing radiation safety policies and procedures for protection of persons and the environment from the hazards of radiation. This position is responsible for serving as a subject matter expert for the Radiation Safety Program to ensure that safety is maintained, that policy is implemented, and that compliance with regulations is occurring.

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    Responsibilities

    Duties and responsibilities include but not limited to:
    SVAMC a very large broad scope radiation safety program involving both radioactive materials and machine-produced radiation (x-rays). Radioactive materials are used in the nuclear medicine department, radiation therapy, and in research. Machine-produced radiation is found in the many x-ray and CT units located throughout the hospital and in radiation therapy. This position has the primary responsibility for implementing SVAMC radiation safety program in all these areas;

    The employee is the medical center's technical expert in radiation safety and decontamination matters and has direct access to senior management. He/she is called upon by senior management, medical staff and scientists to recommend courses of action when complex radiation safety problems are encountered;

    Provides radiological physics support for Medical Center activities involving the use of medical radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This support encompasses the establishment and management of the Radiation Safety Program. The components of this program include authorizations for individuals using radionuclides, the enforcement of regulatory requirements, personnel dosimetry, surveys, and training. Conducts and supervises audits and scientific assessments of all clinical and research radioactive material safety programs to ensure compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and VA regulations. Identifies and evaluates radiation hazards and recommends corrective actions to eliminate or control these hazards. If necessary, the employee takes immediate action to abate severe hazards or to shut down operations that are out of compliance;

    Serves as the subject-matter expert and assists the MRI Safety Officer and Laser Safety Officer on developing policy and procedures for the safe use of MRI and Lasers, conducting audits and inventory;

    Develops training for MR personnel and Laser Operators. Sits on the MRI Safety Subcommittee;

    Is a member of the Environment of Care Committee, GEMS Committee, and the Subcommittee on Research Safety & Biosecurity;

    The employee is a resource to senior management about planning for radiation exposure and/or contamination accidents, chemical accidents, biohazard events and adverse weather. Swerves on the All Hazards Team;

    Performs all other duties as assigned.

    Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

    Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

  • Job family (Series)

    1306 Health Physics

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/556197800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.