Society News Archive

16 August 2001

The Society has recently issued a new Position Statement titled Human Capital Crisis in Radiation Safety. The Statement identifies the current and projected future shortage of qualified radiation safety professionals due to the declining enrollment of students and subsequent declining capacity of the existing Health Physics Academic Programs. The Society's position predicts this human capital shortage will compromise the rigorous oversight necessary for the continued safe use of radiation for the benefit of the citizens of the United States. In response to this human capital crisis the Society "recommends significant financial support by the Congress and federal agencies for health physics programs in academic institutions to support faculty, students, and research associated with these programs and thus ensure an adequate supply of qualified radiation safety professionals."