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20 September 2017
Sievert Award Nominees Sought

All IRPA Associate Societies to nominate a candidate to receive the Rolph M. Sievert Award, to be presented at the 15th IRPA International Congress in Seoul in May 2020.

The Sievert Award is made in recognition of outstanding contributions to radiological protection, which honours the memory of a leader and pioneer in radiological protection, Professor Rolf M. Sievert. The recipient must be pre-eminent in the discipline and in accepting the award must agree to and be in a position to present the Sievert Lecture at the Seoul International Congress.

Associate Societies are invited to submit their nominations for the Sievert Award to the IRPA Vice-President not later than 2 years before the next International IRPA Congress. Nominations must therefore be received no later than 11 May 2018. Nominations must be of people who are not currently members of either the Executive Council or the Sievert Award Committee.

A nomination must be accompanied by a supporting statement to justify the nomination, and be sent to the IRPA Vice-President as chairman of the Sievert Award Committee. To guide the Award Committee in evaluating nominations, an IRPA Associate Society that makes a nomination should provide as a minimum for each candidate:

  • A 250-word outline of the particular contributions the candidate has made in the field of radiation protection that are the basis for the nomination and that would justify the candidate's selection as the recipient of the Award.
  • The formal assurance that the candidate is the official nominee of an IRPA Associate Society.
  • A current CV for the candidate, including a summary, approximately 500 words, of the candidate's career.
  • Any pertinent supporting documentation.
  • The recipient of the Sievert Award is expected to deliver the Sievert Memorial Lecture at the Congress, and make a copy of the lecture available to the Publications Director for publication.

Names of nominees should be sent to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Robert Cherry, by 31 December 2017.

 

20 September 2017
Independent Assessment of Science and Technology for the Department of Energy's Defense Environmental Cleanup Program

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has asked the National Academies to conduct an independent assessment of technology development efforts within DOE-EM.

The Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board is seeking nominations for experts to serve on the committee that will carry out this study. They are seeking committee members with the following technical and policy expertise:

  • Chemistry (nuclear, radio)
  • Engineering (chemical, civil, environmental, nuclear)
  • Geoscience (geology, geochemistry, hydrology)
  • Materials science
  • Risk analysis
  • Science and technology program design, management, and assessment
  • Technology development
  • Waste processing and management
  • Robotics

If you would like to nominate someone (including yourself) to serve on the committee, you can submit their/your name, area(s) of expertise, and affiliation via the following link:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3835003/Call-for-Nominations-Independent-Assessment-of-Science-and-Technology-for-the-Department-of-Energy-s-Defense-Environmental-Cleanup-Program or by emailing the study director (Dr. Rania Kosti) at okosti@nas.edu.

Further information on the study can be found at http://dels.nas.edu/Study-In-Progress/Independent-Assessment-Science-Technology/DELS-NRSB-17-01?bname=nrsb.

DEADLINE to submit a nomination is 29 September 2017

 

20 September 2017
2018 Midyear Meeting in Denver Abstract Submittals Deadline Extended

The 2018 Health Physics Society (HPS) Midyear Meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, 4–7 February. Abstracts for presentations can be made on the HPS website.

The deadline for abstract submittals has been extended to 6 October 2017.

 

23 August 2017
NRC Request for Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has announced that it is seeking comments on a petition from a representative of the Organization of Agreement States (OAS) requesting that the NRC amend its existing regulations in Appendix B to 10 CFR 30, "Rules of General Applicability to Domestic Licensing of Byproduct Material," to specifically add the appropriate radionuclides and their corresponding activities to the list of "Quantities of Licensed Material Requiring Labeling."

The NRC staff is requesting public comment on the following specific questions:

  1. What products or technologies, other than the germanium-68 generators cited in the petition, are being or could be negatively affected because the radioactive materials required for these products or technologies are not currently listed on the table in Appendix B of 10 CFR 30?
  2. Please provide specific examples of how the current NRC regulatory framework for decommissioning financial assurance has put an undue hardship on potential license applicants. Explain how this hardship has discouraged the development of beneficial new products or otherwise imposed unnecessarily burdensome requirements on licensees or members of the public (e.g., users of medical diagnostic or therapeutic technologies) that depend on naturally occurring or accelerator-produced radioactive materials (NARM).
  3. Given NRC's current regulatory authority over the radiological safety and security of NARM, what factors should the NRC take into account in establishing possession limits for any of these materials that should be listed in Appendix B of 10 CFR 30?
  4. Does this petition raise other issues not addressed by the questions above about labeling or decommissioning financial assurance for radioactive materials? Must these issues be addressed by a rulemaking or are there other regulatory solutions that the NRC should consider? 

Comments may be uploaded to the federal rulemaking website: http://www.regulations.gov.

Search for Docket ID NRC–2017–0159. Comments are due 6 November 2017.

 

13 August 2017
10 CFR 835 Update to Appendices

Effective 11 September 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is promulgating a final rule to amend values listed in two appendices to its current occupational radiation protection regulation. These are found in 10 CFR 835, Occupational Radiation Protection.

The amendment to Appendix C corrects the air immersion derived air concentration value for any single radionuclide not listed in the Appendix C table with a decay mode other than alpha emission or spontaneous fission and with radioactive half-life less than two hours, adjusted for an eight-hour work day. The amendments to Appendix E correct the activity information of two radionuclides, 102Rh and 102mRh.

 

31 July 2017
HPS on Twitter

As I indicated in my "From the President" column in the August issue of Health Physics News, we have some significant challenges facing us in the years ahead. Part of the feedback I have heard and read has to do with answering the question "What is the value of being a member?"

We are working on several things to answer that question, including getting National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) reports free or at a significantly reduced price. Another item that might not seem so obvious at first is putting the Health Physics Society (HPS) on Twitter. Yes, this too is a member benefit.

We are @hps_org. We can now share with you items posted on our website, news about members, and any breaking news in radiation safety. The reason this is a benefit is because I and other Board members often hear things like "It would be great if we could see Board minutes" or "It would be nice to have meeting presentations posted." We post these already, but it seems to be a secret for many . . . no one knows! A quick 140-character tweet could keep HPS members quickly updated on the latest from the website and other organizations' news. So please check out @hps_org and follow the HPS on Twitter.

This is just one example to show that we are listening to what you are saying and asking. I'm on email, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and I still have a landline phone. Please provide feedback and let us know what you're thinking; it is up to each of us to make the Society relevant and of value to current and prospective members.

Eric Abelquist, HPS President

 

1 July 2017
RAMP User Group Meeting 16–20 October 2017

The upcoming 2017 domestic Radiation Protection Code Analysis and Maintenance Program (RAMP) User Group meeting will be held 16–20 October 2017 at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

Meeting participation includes code training workshops and numerous opportunities to interact with code developers/experts and fellow code users to learn, share experiences, and suggest improvements.

RAMP is coordinated by the NRC, and its membership includes both domestic and international organizations.

The purpose of RAMP is to support efforts to obtain a well thought out view of the accuracy and validity of NRC radiation protection/dose assessment (RP/DA) computer codes over their range of applicability, while suggesting possible improvements, as needed, to the codes.

RP/DA computer codes currently part of RAMP include:

• RASCAL

• PIMAL

• SNAP/RADTRAD

• DandD

• HABIT

• GENII

• VARSKIN

• MILDOS

• GALE

• Radiological Toolbox

For more information about RAMP and to register for the meeting, visit https://www.usnrc-ramp.com/.

 

20 June 2017
TEPRSSC Looking for New Members

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for members to serve on the Technical Electronic Product Radiation Safety Standards Committee (TEPRSSC) in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

The FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities on its advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of appropriately qualified candidates from these groups. Nominations received on or before 14 August 2017 will be given first consideration for membership on TEPRSSC. Nominations received after 14 August 2017 will be considered for nomination to the committee as later vacancies occur.

All nominations for membership should be sent electronically by accessing FDA's Advisory Committee Membership Nomination Portal or by mail to Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Information about becoming a member on an FDA advisory committee can also be obtained by visiting FDA's website.

The committee provides advice and consultation to the commissioner of food and drugs on the technical feasibility, reasonableness, and practicability of performance standards for electronic products to control the emission of radiation from such products and may recommend electronic product radiation safety standards to the commissioner for consideration.

The committee consists of a core of 15 voting members, including the chair. Members and the chair are selected by the commissioner or designee from among authorities knowledgeable in the fields of science or engineering, applicable to electronic product radiation safety. Members will be invited to serve for overlapping terms of up to four years. Terms of more than two years are contingent upon the renewal of the committee by appropriate action prior to its expiration.

The link for the complete announcement can be found on the Federal Register online and in the printed Federal Register.

Health Physics Society (HPS) members can nominate themselves or others following instructions linked above. If you would like an HPS endorsement of a nomination, please send your request to HPS Executive Director Brett Burk and copy Jill Drupa, who will take appropriate action with HPS officers and the HPS Board of Directors to assure consideration of the request.

 

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