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13 September 2018
Health Physics Journal Seeking Reviewers

In the latest Health Physics Journal/ORS News column Editor in Chief Brant Ulsh explains why you are needed as a reviewer for the Journal.

13 September 2018
IAEA SAFRON Incident Learning System

SAFRON is the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) member state safety in radiation oncology incident learning system. The purpose of the incident learning system is to share information on near misses (or near events) and events that reach the patient in radiotherapy procedures. Radiotherapy is considered a safe medical procedure, but because of its complexity and technological sophistication, errors do occur. By participating in an incident learning system, a radiotherapy facility can find ways to improve the safety systems to assure that patients are not harmed. The system is free, anonymous, and nonpunitive. To participate, the radiotherapy facility needs to register and then be approved by IAEA. Anyone can review the events in the system by registering with the IAEA NUCLEUS system. The updates are provided to share learning opportunities and provide the radiotherapy community with information on ways to strengthen patient safety systems. The development and use of SAFRON is to support member states' efforts to assure the beneficial use of radiation and prevent significant radiation related errors.

13 September 2018
Webinar #2: Implementation of the ICRP Dose Limits for the Lens of the Eye

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the Canadian Radiation Protection Association will host a webinar on 27 September 2018 on the implementation of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) dose limits for the lens of the eye. This is the second in a series of webinars on this subject. It will present expert opinions and perspectives behind the implementation of dose limits. For more information, visit the webinar website.

13 September 2018
Nolan Hertel Receives Rockwell Award

Thomas Miller, right, presents Nolan Hertel with the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award. Submitted photo

Health Physics Society President Nolan Hertel received the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Radiation Protection and Shielding Division at its 2018 topical meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on 28 August 2018. Hertel received the award for his achievements in radiation detection and shielding, computational dosimetry, neutron spectrometry and dosimetry, and radiological assessment, as well as his dedication to the education of students and his lifelong service to the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division of the ANS.


13 September 2018
September From the President Video Message

View Health Physics Society (HPS) President Nolan Hertel's September video message from Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the Radiation Protection Shielding Division meeting of the American Nuclear Society. Hertel gave a plenary presentation at this meeting about the HPS and in the video talks about the current low-dose discussion.

13 September 2018
Registration Reminder for "Applicability of Radiation-Response Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards"

Register now for the joint American Nuclear Society/Health Physics Society "Applicability of Radiation Response-Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards," which will be held 30 September–3 October 2018, in Pasco, Washington. This conference will review the current knowledge and understanding of the science underlying low-dose radiation effects and critically evaluate the need for updating radiation protection standards and regulations. The unique format, powerful program, and growing concerns regarding the potential detrimental impacts of existing standards make this a must conference to attend in 2018. See details and registration material on the meeting's website. Only few FREE seats for the historic B-Reactor tour, dinner, and concert are still available.

4 September 2018
ICRP Wants to Free the Annals

Donald Cool, ICRP

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the Commission is hoping to make a permanent change in the way we as professionals around the world access the Annals of the ICRP. The Annals are used to publish recommendations, the most recent general recommendations being Publication 103. Recommendations are published on many topics such as radon, medical exposure, and dose coefficients. To realize this change, ICRP needs to raise €500,000 by the end of 2018. The campaign—called "Free the Annals"—has already achieved 50% of that goal in firm commitments. Once achieved, access to all but the most recent two years of publications will be free, and it will continue this way indefinitely. We encourage Health Physics Society members across the country to speak with their organizations about the possibility of contributing to this worthy cause. Many individuals, globally and within the United States, have made personal contributions through the ICRP website. Interested members may contact Kelsey Cloutier for further details.

Read more on the ICRP website.

4 September 2018
September 2018 Short Course Listings

A new list of short course offerings has been posted on the Short Courses page of the HPS website. Information on the following courses is available:

Radiation Safety Officer Training Class—Radiation Safety & Control Services

Operation and Calibration of Instruments—Radiation Safety & Control Services

Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class—RSO Services, Inc. 

Facility Decommissioning Training Course—Argonne National Laboratory

30 August 2018
Photos Added to 2018 HPS Annual Meeting in Review

More photos and information from the 2018 Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting, which was held in Cleveland, Ohio, have been posted on our HPS Meetings in Review page. Keep checking back—the page will be updated periodically.

29 August 2018
Weinberg Papers Preservation Project Seeks Support

As the city of Oak Ridge celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Alvin Weinberg Papers Archive Project is requesting support to ensure Weinberg's work and legacy are preserved for future generations. To achieve that goal, a collection that includes 200 boxes of papers and some photographs must be digitized. Once that process is complete, the information will be available for viewing via a kiosk at Children's Museum of Oak Ridge (CMOR) and eventually through the internet.

Health Physics Society (HPS) members can learn more about the effort on the section of the museum's website dedicated to the project. It is a great resource for information about Weinberg, with links to his oral history and articles of interest. You are encouraged to share the website on your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media accounts.

While much of the work is accomplished by volunteers, there is expense associated with this effort and the project hopes to raise $25,000 in private donations. To donate to the effort, use the "Donate" button on the website or send a check to CMOR at 461 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Please indicate "Weinberg papers" on the memo line.

The project is also soliciting volunteers to create 2–3 minute personal videos illustrating Weinberg's influence on their lives and careers. The videos can be made via phone or YouTube, whichever is most convenient, and submitted to the project. The videos will be posted to the website and shared on social media.

Our website features current corporate partners—Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Information International Associates, Friends of ORNL, and Strata-G—and corporate donors—UCOR and the East Tennessee Chapter of the HPS. Add your name to the donor roll by donating to the Weinberg Papers project today.

29 August 2018
September CHP Corner

The September edition of the CHP Corner is now available on the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) website.

Read about an important change to the payment of annual maintenance fees. Your ability to use the "CHP" designation could be impacted!

The 2018 CHP Salary Survey is now open. A link to the survey is provided. Andy Miller provides us with listings of the new AAHP committee and liaison appointments. The corner also contains the announcement that the winner of the Joyce P. Davis Award is Dr. Charles E. Roessler!

28 August 2018
NCRP Council Members Contribute to WHO Expert Working Group

Laura Atwell, NCRP

National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) members Michael Boyd (representing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Jerrold Bushberg (representing NCRP), Donald Frush (representing Image Gently), and Donald Miller (representing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) contributed to a World Health Organization (WHO) expert working group in developing information to support the health care discussion about benefit and risk. The publication Communicating Radiation Risks in Paediatric Imaging can be found on the WHO website.

28 August 2018
ICRP Draft Reports in Consultation

Donald Cool, ICRP

Did you know that the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) makes drafts of its reports available for public comment and consultation? There are three reports available currently. Comments are due by 21 September 2018 for Radiological Protection in Therapy with Radiopharmaceuticals, 12 October 2018 for Dose Coefficients for External Exposure to Environmental Sources, and 9 November 2018 for Paediatric Reference Computational Phantoms. The draft reports can be viewed and downloaded, and comments submitted online, on the ICRP website. On the "Current Consultations" panel on the left side of the home page, click the title of the report in which you are interested. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

28 August 2018
NCRP President Boice Interview on CEDR Program

Laura Atwell, NCRP

Oak Ridge Associated Universities, which houses the U.S. Department of Energy's Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR) Program, interviewed National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements President Dr. John Boice on the benefits of CEDR to his research and researchers at large. Please check out his interview on the CEDR website.

28 August 2018
ICRP 2019: 5th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection

Donald Cool, ICRP

The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) announced that the Australasian Radiation Protection Society and Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency invites you to the 5th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection in Australia in 2019, with the theme "Mines. Medicine. Mars." The symposium will be held 19–21 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre, in Adelaide, South Australia.

This combined event offers the opportunity for more than 400 professionals, experts, and researchers worldwide to discuss their respective concerns and the current challenges faced in all areas of radiological protection, as well as ways forward through new research, updating doctrines, or better interactions with stakeholders.

More information is available in the ICRP 2019 website.

28 August 2018
ORAU's Abelquist Reflects on His Year as HPS President

Read Past President Eric Abelquist's interview with Oak Ridge Associated University reflecting on his HPS presidency.

28 August 2018
October Health Physics Journal: Editor's Pick

In Case of Emergency ...

Brant A. Ulsh, CHP, PhD, Health Physics Editor in Chief

Chaos reigns in the early stages of an unplanned exposure situation. Decision makers must rapidly figure out what happened, assess whether people are at risk, and assess what responses are justified. The October issue of Health Physics is packed with the latest emergency-response research. Uk Jae Lee and Hee Reyoung Kim report on a new tool to convert scan data to 2D and 3D radiation distribution contour maps in seconds in their article "Development of On-Site Rapid Environmental Radiation Distribution Monitoring System for Decision Making at a Radiation Emergency." In his article "Comparison of NRC's RASCAL Emergency Response Code With NOAA's HYRad Dispersion Model and Tracer Experimental Data," Michael Abbott compares the predictions of two commonly used dispersion models. Sander Perle reviews advice provided in NCRP Report No. 179, Guidance for Emergency Response Dosimetry, Recommendations of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Readers involved in emergency response planning won't want to miss the October issue.

10 July 2018
AMUG 2018

The 30th annual workshop/seminar of the Air Monitoring Users Group (AMUG) will convene 15–16 October 2018 at the Palace Station in Las Vegas, Nevada. For information, contact Morgan Cox.

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