Training Work Group
Radiological/nuclear emergency training materials for:
Peter A. Darnell, Chair
There are several avenues for health physicists who would like to volunteer their time to support the homeland security effort.
First, some advice:
Have patience and tenacity
Don't reinvent the wheel
Speak their language
Do your homework
Radiological emergency response is NOT routine health physics
Overly conservative health physics advice and training may result in additional casualties as medical treatment is delayed. This is why most institutional radiation safety training is inappropriate for emergency responders as it focuses on regulatory limits and issues.
How to get involved:
The Health Physics Society (HPS) is a scientific and professional organization whose members specialize in occupational and environmental radiation safety. The primary purpose of the Society is to support its members in the practice of their profession. The Society also promotes public information preparation and dissemination, education and training opportunities, and scientific information exchange through conferences and meetings, posting current news items, and conducting a program to Accredit Radiation Instrumentation Calibration Laboratories.
Important considerations when selecting radiological/nuclear training
Training links and suggestions
For decades, ionizing radiation has been beneficial to human beings in areas ranging from medical diagnosis and therapy to scientific research to generating electrical power. However, when used in large quantities or in unsafe ways, ionizing radiation can harm living organisms. Care must be taken to properly use equipment and to minimize the potential for unnecessary radiation exposure to individuals or environmental contamination in medical, research, or power-generation activities.
The health physicist is prominent among scientists charged with controlling the beneficial use of ionizing radiation while protecting workers and the public from potential hazards. The Health Physics Society is dedicated to ensuring that health physicists have the necessary information and capabilities to accomplish this mission.
In addition to professional support, the Health Physics Society is dedicated to providing technical information and assistance to the public and media to ensure understanding of the scientific principles and objectives associated with the field of health physics. To accomplish this goal, the Society is active in government political and regulatory issues, public information and educational activities, media interactions, financial support of academic and training opportunities (scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, etc.), and information dissemination through publications (fact sheets).
The Resources page contains information and links for public and media use.
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