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.
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 is 12 September 2017.
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
In December 2016, the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP) voted to extend the ABMP's reciprocity agreement with the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) to allow certified health physicists (CHPs) wishing to enter the ABMP certification process to proceed directly to the ABMP Part III (oral exam) for medical health physics (MHP), given that they meet additional requirements applicable to all MHP candidates. In order to apply directly to the ABMP Part III (oral exam) in MHP, the additional requirements for health physicists already certified by the ABHP are:
- Proof of certification by the ABHP must be submitted as part of the application.
- The CHP must possess a graduate degree in physics, medical physics, or other appropriate and related field from an accredited university. An official transcript must be submitted as part of the application.
- The CHP must have an acceptable amount of clinical medical physics experience, which is determined by the degree and whether or not he/she participated in a clinical residency. This information is documented on the ABMP website (www.abmpexam.com).
- The CHP must submit endorsements by both a board-certified medical physicist and a board-certified physician. In order to have the words "RSO Eligible" written on the ABMP certificate, a preceptor radiation safety officer (RSO) must endorse the candidate's experience with radioactive material handling, safety, shipping and receiving, etc. The preceptor RSO and the board-certified medical physicist can be the same person.
- All candidates in the ABMP certification process have 10 years to complete the exam process. Any candidate who does not complete any part of the exam sequence in three attempts must start the sequence again. Any CHP who does not pass Part III (oral exam) in three attempts will be required to take and pass Part II of the MHP exam before being allowed to apply for Part III (oral exam) again.
Candidates meeting the above criteria are invited to apply for this year's ABMP Part III (oral exam)—Medical Health Physics. The MHP oral exam is a two-hour examination conducted by three ABMP-certified MHPs.
Application deadline is 25 August 2017. The exams will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday, 3 October, and Wednesday, 4 October. Only a limited number of slots are available this year; please indicate desire to apply to the ABMP executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
• Radiological Toolbox
For more information about RAMP and to register for the meeting, visit https://www.usnrc-ramp.com/.
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.
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.
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."
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.
- Bruce Busby (Cascade Chapter)
- Kelly Classic (Jan Braun)
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- 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)
- David Alberth (Baltimore-Washington Chapter)
- Kenneth Eger (East Tennessee Chapter)
- Jeff Leavey (Mark Linsley)