About the Health Physics Society
The Health Physics Society (HPS), formed in 1956, is a scientific organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety. Its mission is to support its members in the practice of their profession and to promote excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety.
Today its nearly 5,000 members represent all scientific and technical areas related to radiation safety, including academia, government, medicine, research and development, analytical services, consulting, and industry in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Society is chartered in the United States as an independent nonprofit scientific organization and, as such, is not affiliated with any government or industrial organization or private entity.
The Society also promotes:
- Public information preparation and dissemination.
- Education and training opportunities.
- Scientific information exchange through conferences and meetings.
- Posting current news items.
The Society's prospectus (PDF: 21,116 bytes) summarizes the activities, describes the various types of membership, and lists the publications of the Society.
Address and Contact Information
For general information or questions regarding this website, contact the Web Operations editor in chief (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Address technical radiation safety questions to our "Ask the Experts" service (hps.org/publicinformation/asktheexperts.cfm)
Direct all media inquires to the outreach editor (email@example.com).
A complete listing of HPS contacts can be found at hps.org/contacts.html.
The mailing address and contact information for the administrative offices of the Health Physics Society:
Health Physics Society
The membership of the Society (4,277) consists of Full Members (2,351), Early Career (103), Associate Members (729), Early Associate (90), Fellow Members (110), Student Members (379), Members Emeritus (417), Emeritus Fellows (50), Life Members (18), Life Fellows (30), and Affiliate Members (51). Members reside in the United States and its possessions (3,977), Canada (111), and other countries (240). Demographics for number of members by specialties and employment are available on the demographics page.
(Indicates membership totals as of 1 October 2013).
Members have access to the HPS Members Directory on the Members Only website. Members are requested to keep the executive director informed regarding changes in address and other directory matters.
An annual meeting is held each calendar year at a time and place selected by the Board of Directors. At least one business session is open to the membership during this meeting. It is the custom of the Society to cosponsor a midyear topical meeting, usually in conjunction with one or more chapters or sections. Other meetings may be held at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
Chapters are affiliated groups of the Society established by the Board of Directors. Chapters carry out the objectives and purposes of the Society members residing in the same geographical areas. Any member of the Society may become a chapter member upon payment of appropriate chapter dues. Communications regarding the formation of a new chapter should be directed to the executive director.
Technical sections of the Society are authorized by the Board of Directors and represent subspecialties within the field of radiation safety. Provisions for petitioning for formation of a section are contained in the Rules of the Society. Communications regarding the formation of a new section should be directed to the executive director.
The official publications of the Society include the Health Physics Journal, Health Physics News, Operational Radiation Safety, special publications (proceedings and educational materials), American National Standards, and this website. Contact information, publication links, and other information about the printed publications can be found on our Publications page.
Health Physics is the official journal of the Society and is issued monthly.
Operational Radiation Safety
Operational Radiation Safety is a Society publication featuring peer-reviewed papers concerned with practical and applied health physics and is issued quarterly.
The director of special publications is responsible for editing and publishing the special publications for the Society, for example, Society brochures, midyear symposia proceedings, summer school materials, etc.
Health Physics News
Health Physics News is issued monthly.