The position is at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Radiation Safety Service. The primary purpose of the position is to assists the RadiationLearn more about this agency
Safety Officer in performing a variety of health physics duties in the hospital and associated community based outpatient clinics that includes surveying all radiation areas and assessing regulatory compliance for laboratories and clinical areas using radioisotopes and radiation-producing equipment.
The health physicist implements and evaluates tests, procedures, and reporting mechanisms to ensure proper health physics practices within the facility with minimal supervision from the Radiation Safety Officer and Assistant Radiation Safety Officer. Reviews safe uses of radioactive materials following established procedures and regulatory requirements. Utilizes portable survey instruments to survey all radiation areas and takes measurements and wipe tests as appropriate in laboratories and patient care areas to determine levels of radiation and radioactive contamination. Reviews records to determine their adequacy based on Medical Center and The Joint Commission standards/regulations with minimal assistance. Reads and records wipe test results in accordance with the Radiation Safety Manual and Federal regulations.
Prepares written summaries of survey findings, citing deficiencies found and making recommendations for corrective action and submits to the RSO for review. Administers the radioactive waste disposal program by collecting, sorting, measuring, packaging, and documenting radioactive waste. Responds to a wide variety of conventional questions about radiation and health physics from doctors, nurses, other medical center staff, and the general public. Uses appropriate radiation detection and measurement equipment (e.g. for GM detectors, ion chambers, liquid scintillation counters) to determine ambient dose equivalent rates and contamination levels for radioactive material package surveys; user facility inspections; sealed source leak tests; wastes from radionuclide therapy patients; and radiological decommissioning of treatment rooms and facilities.
Independently investigate spills and incidents involving radioactive materials, and will assist in carrying out of the recommended corrective action including decontaminations. Assist the RSO and ARSO in the presentation of educational material on radiation safety to various groups of employees. Reviews reports and health physics practices, and verifies equipment maintenance and certification for routine use with radioactive materials. Documents receipt, storage, disposal and shipment of controlled materials and maintains the proper records. Verifies tests and instrument calibration for well-established uses for controlled materials.
The incumbent assists the Radiation Safety Officer by applying conventional methods to the control of radiation hazards and supports the RSO in the application of innovative technologies. Verifies personnel exposure levels to implement regulatory requirements in the review of dosimetry results and the determination of ALARA level exposures. Maintains the dosimetry data base and orders new monitoring badges as needed and deletes personnel badges for those personnel who have departed from the Medical Center. Maintains the inventory and leak test records for all sealed and unsealed sources utilized in the Medical Center. Develops or revises procedural manuals for monitoring, managing and controlling radiation sources in the clinical and research environments. Assists in the site-specific training for all individuals working in restricted areas. Collects and organizes data for presentation to various internal and external stakeholders including, but not limited to, the Radiation Safety Committee, Medical Executive Council, Environment of Care Council, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Joint Commission, the VA National Health Physics Program, and Food and Drug Administration.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Health Physicist/PD11594-A, PD11596-A, and PD11595-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized for highly qualified individuals
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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