HPS Agency Liaison Position Opening
The Health Physics Society (HPS) is seeking candidates interested in serving the Society as agency liaison. Dr. Richard Vetter, who has served the Society for several years in that capacity, will relinquish the role to spend time on his many other interests.
Since the position is filled by presidential appointment and Board approval, President Darrell Fisher has the responsibility for identifying and nominating a replacement for Dr. Vetter. President Fisher has requested the Government Relations Committee (Joe Ring, chairman) to seek candidates for the position. The committee expects to select a recommended candidate no later than the 2014 HPS Annual Meeting in Baltimore and have the new incumbent fully functioning in the position by the October 2014 HPS president's visit to Washington, DC.
If you wish to be considered for the agency liaison role or wish to nominate someone else, please contact Joseph Ring no later than 16 May 2014.
The HPS Governmental Relations Program has the following objectives:
The Governmental Relations Program works towards these objectives by:
Duties and Responsibilities
The agency liaison serves as an assistant to the president and an advisor to the Board of Directors in implementation of the Governmental Relations Program as specified in HPS Rule 7.5. The primary responsibility of the position is to maintain a consistent message and issue focus in the Governmental Relations Program and to provide technical expertise to the Society's interactions with government, legislative, and regulatory organizations and agencies. The liaison is responsible for reviewing existing and proposed radiation protection laws, regulations, ordinances, and rules and making recommendations to the president/Society.
Additional details are provided in the Job Description that is available at https://hps.org/membersonly/employment/jobs/job2075.html.
Submittal Deadline Extended for IAEA Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection
The deadline for submitting papers to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection: Enhancing the Protection of Workers—Gaps, Challenges and Developments" has been extended to 15 June 2014. Contributed papers should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations Requested for Radiation Advisory Committee Opening
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) staff office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC). Nominees should have demonstrated expertise in the following disciplines: fate and transport of radionuclides, radiation carcinogenesis, radiation exposure, radiation worker health and safety, radiological emergency response, radiological risk assessment, and radon exposure. The call for nominations can be found at gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-18/pdf/2014-08923.pdf.
Online Preliminary Program for HPS Annual Meeting in Baltimore
The preliminary program
for the 59th Annual Health Physics Society meeting being held in Baltimore, Maryland, 13–17 July 2014, is now available online.
Comments Requested on OSHA Dose Limits
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is soliciting public comments concerning its proposal to extend approval of the information-collection requirements specified in the Ionizing Radiation Standard (29 CFR 1910.1096). See the Federal Register notice at gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-01/pdf/2014-07231.pdf.
OSHA says that these information-collection requirements protect workers from the adverse health effects that may result from occupational exposure to ionizing radiation. Comments must be submitted by 2 June 2014OSHA is particularly interested in comments on the following issues:
Poster Abstracts Accepted for Annual Meeting Until 1 June
Submissions of abstracts for the 2014 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting Current Events and Works-in-Progress posters may be made online until 1 June 2014.
Health Physics Education Study Performed by ORISE Released
A new report titled Health Physics Enrollments and Degrees Survey, 2013 Data, found that the number of college students graduating with majors in health physics between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 has increased slightly for bachelor's degrees, but decreased for both master's and doctoral candidates. The report was performed and published by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).
"We are concerned about the vitality of health physics teaching programs at several colleges and universities," said Dr. Darrell R. Fisher, president of the Health Physics Society. "To remain vibrant and healthy, these programs need highly dedicated faculty, long-term support from university administrators, and adequate sponsored funding for fellowships and research. Graduate programs also need to actively recruit from undergraduate talent pools to maintain a critical mass."The report also showed:
Read the full press release with a short summary of the report on the ORAU website media center.Read the report on the ORISE website.
NAS Beebe Symposium on Reactor Accidents Will Be 13 May 2014
The 2014 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Beebe Symposium: The Science and Response to a Nuclear Reactor Accident, will be held 13 May 2014 in Washington, DC.
PDS on Radiation Instruments
The Baltimore Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society (HPS) is hosting a two-day professional development school (PDS) on radiation instruments just before the annual HPS meeting in Baltimore in July. Since 11 September 2001, the increasing concerns for national security have led radiation instrument manufacturers to develop many new and innovative instruments. While most health physicists are familiar with the traditional ion chambers, Geiger counters, and sodium iodide detectors, a vast array of new instruments is now available. This PDS will review new instrument designs, capabilities, and limitations and provide opportunities for demonstration and side-by-side comparisons.
EPA Requests Comments on Updating Nuclear Power Environmental Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that requests public comment and information on potential approaches to updating the EPA's "Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations" (40 CFR Part 190).
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