The Organizational Location of the Position is organizationally defined in CTVHCS Radiation Safety Program Memorandum 011R-001 as the Assistant Radiation Safety Officer (ARSO) and is located within the Office of the Chief of Staff, Central Texas Veterans HealthCare System (CTVHCS), Temple, TX.Learn more about this agency
The Primary Purpose of the Position is to serve as a Health Physicist in a 1A complexity, affiliated, secondary and tertiary care VA Health Care System. The incumbent assists with the management of all aspects of the Radiation Safety Program and assures that all Radiation Safety activities are being performed in accordance with approved procedures and regulatory requirements. The incumbent provides staff support for the Radiation Safety Officer.
Duties Include but are not limited to:
Assists Radiation Safety Officer with the Radiation Badge Program. Incumbent will check-in and distribute incoming badges on a monthly basis, recollect used badges and return them to the vendor. Incumbent will receive the dosimeter reports from the vendor and distribute the reports to the various user groups. The retrieved data is entered into the computer for documentation. Continuous changes in badges are documented and reported to the dosimetry vendor. Continuous communication with the vendor is expected.
Assists with day-to-day radiation safety program oversight for all segments of the facility--administrative, medical, and research, which involves overseeing the safe clinical use of radioisotopes and ionizing radiation in the Imaging Service and affiliated community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs).
Assists the RSO in the development of new and/or modification of existing ionizing radiation safety policies and procedures, as necessary, wherever ionizing radiation is used and shares responsibility for ascertaining that all regulations are understood and observed.
Trains investigators, residents, and technicians in safe handling procedures, proper instrument usage and in applications of radioisotopes in medicine and research. Trains teams for radiological monitoring and decontamination in response to CTVHCS ionizing radiation emergencies. Trains non-radiation workers who have occupational contact with areas where radionuclides are used or stored and where ionizing radiation may be present.
Assists RSO with managing current National Health Physics Program (NHPP) policies and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), Department of Labor(DOL), and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and maintains required documentation which demonstrates compliance with specific NRC, OSHA, and DOT requirements set forth in Title 10CFR Parts 19, 20, 34, 35, and 40, Title 29 CFR Part 1910, Title49 CFR Part 173 and maintains all files required by the NHPP, NRC, OSHA, and DOT.
Provides expert support to the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) and Radiation Safety Officer in the investigation of overexposures, accidents, spills, losses, thefts, unauthorized receipts, uses, transfers, disposals, medical events and other deviations from approved radiation safety practice.
Conducts and/or monitors ionizing radiation safety surveys, safe usage reviews and record inspections, documents, prescribes and supervises remedial action and monitors radiation exposures to patients to assure that dosimetry limits are observed.
Assists the RSO with radioisotope procurement for the CTVHCS and maintains an inventory of all licensed radioisotopes using electronic spreadsheet and database programs.
Assists the RSO in ensuring that the current NHPP materials permit is maintained and utilizing databases and spreadsheets as required for that purpose.
Serve as voting or non-voting alternate to the RSO on councils, committees, subcommittees, and working groups the RSO is a member of.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm
This is a bargaining unit position.
Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized.
Telework: Not Authorized.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Health Physicist (Radiation Safety)/PD08220
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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