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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.

 

11 June 2017
Last Month for No Page Charges for Students for the Health Physics Journal

Just a reminder that there are only three weeks left for this great deal for students.

Health physics students, here's your opportunity to publish your work free of page charges in the journals Health Physics and Operational Radiation Safety. Mike Ryan, editor of Health Physics, and Craig Little, editor of Operational Radiation Safety, are always looking for ways to encourage students to submit papers for publication. An objection that we sometimes hear is that students have no funds to pay for published page charges. While the page charges of the Health Physics Society's (HPS) journals are modest at $70 per published page, that amount is still sometimes an obstacle. Therefore, until 30 June 2017, we are offering to publish papers written by students free of page charges.

To qualify for publication without page charges, the paper must be submitted to one of the journals via the Editorial Manager website before the student author graduates. The student's academic advisor must verify the student's status. Additionally, the student must be the senior and corresponding author of the paper. Finally, since color figures are expensive to produce, there will be a charge for such figures at the rate published in the author guidelines on the Editorial Manager website.

 

10 June 2017
DOE Requests Input for Regulatory Reduction and Controlling Regulatory Costs

The Department of Energy (DOE), as part of its implementation of Executive Order 13771, is asking for input on "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs."  

DOE has published a series of questions to which it would like responses:

  1. How can DOE best promote meaningful regulatory cost reduction while achieving its regulatory objectives, and how can it best identify those rules that might be modified, streamlined, or repealed?
  2. What factors should DOE consider in selecting and prioritizing rules and reporting requirements for reform?
  3. How can DOE best obtain and consider accurate, objective information and data about the costs, burdens, and benefits of existing regulations? Are there existing sources of data DOE can use to evaluate the post-promulgation effects of regulations over time? We invite interested parties to provide data that may be in their possession that documents the costs, burdens, and benefits of existing requirements.
  4. Are there regulations that simply make no sense or have become unnecessary, ineffective, or ill-advised and, if so, what are they? Are there rules that can simply be repealed without impairing DOE's statutory obligations and, if so, what are they?
  5. Are there rules or reporting requirements that have become outdated and, if so, how can they be modernized to better accomplish their objective?
  6. Are there rules that are still necessary, but have not operated as well as expected such that a modified, or slightly different, approach at lower cost is justified?
  7. Are there rules of the DOE that unnecessarily obstruct, delay, curtail, or otherwise impose significant costs on the siting, permitting, production, utilization, transmission, or delivery of energy resources?
  8. Does DOE currently collect information that it does not need or use effectively?
  9. Are there regulations, reporting requirements, or regulatory processes that are unnecessarily complicated or that could be streamlined to achieve statutory obligations in more efficient ways?
  10. Are there rules or reporting requirements that have been overtaken by technological developments? Can new technologies be leveraged to modify, streamline, or do away with existing regulatory or reporting requirements?
  11. Does the methodology and data used in analyses supporting DOE's regulations meet the requirements of the Information Quality Act?
Information is requested on or before 14 July 2017.
 
Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, identified by "Regulatory Burden Reduction RFI," by any of the following methods: 
For further information, contact Daniel Cohen, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. Phone: 202-586–5000. Email:

 

1 June 2017
Calculating Radon Dose the ICRP Way

In 2010, the International Commission on Radiological Protection changed its recommendations for how to calculate effective dose from radon. The new approach uses reference biokinetic and dosimetric models, rather than epidemiological data. A recent article by J.W. Marsh, D. Laurier, and M. Tirmache in Radiation Protection Dosimetry explains and compares both approaches.

Marsh and colleagues apply the dosimetric approach, using it to calculate indoor and mine workers' doses from radon and radon progeny. They compare their results to those obtained using the epidemiological approach, noting that "the good consistency between the two approaches is remarkable but it does not indicate accuracy or precision in the estimates as there are uncertainties associated with both approaches."

 

31 May 2017
Upload Annual Meeting Presentations

Presentations for the 2017 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting can now be uploaded on the HPS website. The deadline for uploading presentations is 30 June. Have peace of mind and don't wait until the last minute. The meeting is right around the corner and the Program Committee will appreciate getting the presentations in a timely manner.

 

23 May 2017
SAFETY Guidelines for Journalists: Radiation Incidents

The report SAFETY Guidelines for Journalists: Radiation Incidents, resulting from a 2016 workshop, is available on the Stanley Foundation website. The workshop for international journalists was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was funded by the Stanley Foundation, and was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Atomic Reporters in an effort to increase the understanding of radiation incidents and how to better report on this technical topic. There were many subject-matter experts at the workshop, along with many IAEA and European experts. The workshop was well represented with the lead European, U.S., and Middle Eastern journalists (BBC, NPR, CNN, Business Today, Arms Control, Al-Jazeera, etc.) who routinely cover radiation-related topics. The resulting report of the workshop will be of special interest to journalists due to the included infographics.

The report's guidelines provide basic safety information for the protection of journalists that can be conveyed to the public to limit the risk of radiation exposure. The guide will be translated into language versions for international use. Carolyn Mac Kenzie, its author, is a recognized radiation protection specialist. Feedback on the guide was received from specialists in the fields of health physics, emergency response, and journalism. The Stanley Foundation and Atomic Reporters encourage use of this report for educational purposes. Any part of the material may be duplicated with proper acknowledgment.

 

22 May 2017
Marriott Hotel Sold Out for HPS Room Block

The Raleigh Marriott Hotel City Center is sold out for the Health Physics Society (HPS) room block for the 2017 HPS Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. Attendees should contact the Raleigh Sheraton for rooms.

Why should I book at the conference hotels?

The hotel rates that the HPS has negotiated include many benefits for you and for the HPS. Based on the number of rooms in HPS block of hotel rooms, the hotels provide complimentary meeting room space and reduced food and beverage charges. These savings are passed on to attendees through HPS inexpensive registration rates. If the HPS is unable to meet its room-block commitment because attendees are making reservations at other hotels, the hotels charge HPS an attrition fee to make up the hotel's lost revenue. If this were to become a trend, HPS would be forced to increase the registration fee and cut services.

Is it important for me to let the reservations agent know that I'm associated with the HPS meeting?

Yes. HPS receives credit only when registrants tell hotel staff that they are attending the HPS meeting. Please make sure the reservations agent knows you are attending the HPS meeting—whether you or someone else makes your reservation—or make your reservation through the link on the HPS site and it will be handled automatically.

Why does HPS reserve a block of rooms?

The HPS reserves a block of rooms to assure availability of rooms for meeting attendees, especially during the tourist season, when it can be very difficult to find an affordable hotel room. In addition, if HPS didn't reserve a block of rooms, it would be subject to room-rental fees and full food and beverage costs, which would greatly increase the cost of holding the meeting.

What is HPS doing to reduce these attrition fees and still keep the meeting affordable?

HPS tracks sleeping-room reservations and cancellations at the meeting so that it can more accurately block a number of rooms that will be filled by attendees in the future. However, every discount we receive at a hotel is based on the number of room nights we block, so as we reduce our block, we are consequently paying more for other services at the hotel. Reducing the block means that attendees will either have to pay a higher registration fee or that services will have to be cut.

Please stay at the HPS conference hotels!

 

4 May 2017
2017 HPS Award Winners
The Health Physics Society (HPS) Awards Committee is pleased to recognize the following individuals for their outstanding contributions to the HPS and to the profession and practice of health physics. The nominating person, chapter, or section is listed in parentheses after the names. The awardees will be recognized at the 2017 HPS Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 11 July. Congratulations on your achievements!
 
Distinguished Public Service Award: Michael Ryan
 
Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award: John Zimbrick (Central Rocky Mountain Chapter)
 
Elda E. Anderson Award: Jason Davis (East Tennessee Chapter)
 
Fellow Award:  
  • Bruce Busby (Cascade Chapter)
  • Kelly Classic (Jan Braun)
  • Lawrence Dauer (Dennis Quinn)
  • Jacob Kamen (Dennis Quinn)
  • Kyle Kleinhans (East Tennessee Chapter - Wade Adams)
  • Kenneth Krieger (South Texas Chapter - Susanne Savely)
  • Ted Lazo (Gen Roessler)
  • William Morris (Military Section – Greg Komp)
  • Joseph Shonka (Atlanta Chapter)
Founders Award: George Chabot (New England Chapter)
 
Health Physics Honor Roll:
  • David Alberth (Baltimore-Washington Chapter)
  • Kenneth Eger (East Tennessee Chapter)
  • Jeff Leavey (Mark Linsley)

 

2 May 2017
Meeting Preliminary Program Available

The preliminary program for the 2017 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting, being held 9–13 July in Raleigh, North Carolina, is available on the HPS website.

Meeting registration can be made online or by hard copy and is found on the meeting website. The Professional Development School "Applied Health Physics" is being held 6–7 July and information is available on the website. Registration for this course is on the meeting registration form.

Don't miss this meeting! The deadline for reduced rates for registration is 7 June 2017.

 

15 April 2017
Professional Development School: "Applied Health Physics"

The Professional Development School (PDS) "Applied Health Physics" will take place  6–7 July 2017, preceding the 2017 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Considering health physics through the lens of integrated facility programs, this PDS will address operational and programmatic trends that continue to define and impact our industry. With four main topic areas, the two-day PDS event will be hosted in four sections, with focused content and subject-matter experts presenting regulatory points, best practices, and reality checks. Each section will incorporate information salient to new professionals, as well as seasoned/management professionals, across major industries.

The tuition is $445 for HPS members, $595 for nonmembers, and $200 for full-time students. Registration will be included on the meeting registration form. More detailed information, including the lectures and speakers, is available on the PDS web page.  

 

20 March 2017
No Page Charges for Student Papers in HPS Journals

Just a reminder:

Health Physics students, here's your opportunity to publish your work free of page charges in the journals Health Physics and Operational Radiation Safety. Mike Ryan, editor of Health Physics, and Craig Little, editor of Operational Radiation Safety, are always looking for ways to encourage students to submit papers for publication. An objection that we sometimes hear is that students have no funds to pay for published page charges. While the page charges of the Health Physics Society's (HPS) journals are modest at $70 per published page, that amount is still sometimes an obstacle. Therefore, for the next year, from 1 July 2016 through 30 June 2017, we are offering to publish papers written by students free of page charges.

To qualify for publication without page charges, the paper must be submitted to one of the journals via the Editorial Manager website before the student author graduates. The student's academic advisor must verify the student's status. Additionally, the student must be the senior and corresponding author of the paper. Finally, since color figures are expensive to produce, there will be a charge for such figures at the rate published in the author guidelines on the Editorial Manager website.

 

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