November 2018 Short Course Listings

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DOT, NRC, & IATA Requirements for Shipping Radioactive Material Course

NV5/DADE MOELLER TRAINING ACADEMY. Contact: Michelle LeBlanc, 438 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 220, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; email: academyregistrar@dademoeller.com; website: https://www.dademoeller.com/training/catalog/dot-nrc-iata-requirements-radiation-fundamentals/

This two-day class is for persons responsible for shipping and receiving radioactive materials for biomedical research, nuclear medicine, specific and broad scope licensees, portable gauges or sources, and decommissioning sites. This class is designed to train employees in the requirements of the Department of Transportation as specified by 49 CFR 172 Subpart H and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as specified by 10 CFR 71.5 and 10 CFR 20.1906. In addition, this class includes sessions reviewing basics of radiation safety, including types of radiation, radioactivity, and radiation health effects. Day One: The first day for students will begin with an introduction to radiation risk perceptions, a review of radiation fundamentals, radioactivity, and radiation health effects. There is a review of issues related to the selection and use of radiation detection instruments, focusing on those applicable to the packaging and shipment of radioactive materials. This day is the start of the review on regulations pertaining to the shipment of radioactive materials. It includes a review of the different categories of radioactive material regulated in transport and describes the process for classifying your materials. Class exercises are conducted to further explain key topics. Day Two: The second day will focus on function-specific requirements such as packaging, labeling, marking, placarding, and other hazard communication requirements for Class 7 (radioactive) materials. It will cover transportation of excepted packages for limited quantities and instruments or articles, low specific activity materials, and Type A quantities. Shipments of surface contaminated objects are discussed. NRC requirements for shipping radioactive wastes are covered, as well as security of certain shipments. Additional in-class exercises are included. Due to time limitations, this course does not cover detailed requirements for shipping fissile materials, Type B packages, and highway route-controlled quantities. Certification: Upon passing a required examination, students are provided a certificate showing they successfully completed the course. This certificate, along with the training manual, may be used to document the training for employer certification, as required by 49 CFR 172.704(d). Please note that we will be offering this course at our San Diego, California, office in 2019. Also, in 2019, our office and training center will be moving from Gaithersburg, Maryland, to 9200 Corporate Blvd, Suite 380, Rockville, MD 20850.

2018 and 2019 DATES:

4 December 2018, Gaithersburg, Maryland

15 March 2019, Rockville, Maryland

12 April 2019, San Diego, California

12 July 2019, Rockville, Maryland

19 November 2019, Rockville, Maryland

FEE: $795

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Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) Course

NV5/DADE MOELLER TRAINING ACADEMY. Contact: Michelle LeBlanc, 438 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 220, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; email: academyregistrar@dademoeller.com; website: https://www.dademoeller.com/training/catalog/medical-radiation-safety-officer-mrso/

The use of radioactive materials in the medical field is continually evolving. To help keep you current with new techniques and procedures, Dade Moeller Training Academy—in conjunction with Versant Medical Physics—offers the 40-hour Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) course for those managing or working with radioactive material in a medical environment. We offer this course regularly with free one-time refresher training for all former MRSO students. Students will gain a practical understanding of regulations governing the safe use of radiation-emitting machines and radioactive materials, as well as responsibilities for managing radiation safety in a hospital environment. In addition, students will learn how to implement a successful, compliant radiation safety program that will withstand rigorous inspection. We also offer an option to complete the course material needed for Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazmat Certification for shipping radioactive materials, as required by DOT (49 CFR 172 Subpart H) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (10 CFR 71.5 and 10 CFR 20.1906). This four-hour module concludes with an examination, successful completion of which will earn you an additional certificate for three years. Please note that we will be offering this course at our San Diego, California, office January 2019 and throughout 2019. Also, in 2019, our office and training center will be moving from Gaithersburg, Maryland, to 9200 Corporate Blvd, Suite 380, Rockville, MD 20850.

2018 and 2019 DATES:

9 November 2018, Gaithersburg, Maryland

28 January–1 February 2019, San Diego, California

25–29 March 2019, Rockville, Maryland

6–10 May 2019, San Diego, California

22–26 July 2019, Rockville, Maryland

16–20 September 2019, San Diego, California

4–8 November 2019, Rockville, Maryland

FEE: $1,995; DOT Option: $200

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Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Course

NV5/DADE MOELLER TRAINING ACADEMY. Contact: Michelle LeBlanc, 438 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 220, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; email: academyregistrar@dademoeller.com; website: https://www.dademoeller.com/training/catalog/radiation-safety-officer-rso/

Through lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, and extensive reference materials, this 40-hour course will give you the technical information and practical experience necessary to ensure that you are well prepared to serve as a radiation safety officer (RSO) and will meet the requirements of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agreement States, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. We have offered this training for over 25 years to qualify you as an RSO. We provide the technical information and practical experience to ensure that you are well prepared to serve as an RSO. Instructors specialize in training for research, medical, biomedical, and educational programs, as well as for programs using sealed sources in irradiators, measurement devices, and gauges. We offer this course regularly with free one-time refresher training for all former RSO students. During the week, students will complete instruction in the following required subjects: radiation fundamentals, health risks, regulations, licensing, enforcement, dosimetry, instruments, statistics, quality assurance, Department of Transportation (DOT) shipment and receipt of radioactive materials, program management, record keeping, emergency response, and preparing for inspections. We also offer an option to complete the course material needed for DOT Hazmat Certification for shipping radioactive materials, as required by DOT (49 CFR 172 Subpart H) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (10 CFR 71.5 and 10 CFR 20.1906). This four-hour module concludes with an examination, successful completion of which will earn you an additional certificate for three years. Please note that we will be offering this course at our San Diego, California, office this December and throughout 2019. Also, in 2019, our office and training center will be moving from Gaithersburg, Maryland, to 9200 Corporate Blvd, Suite 380, Rockville, MD 20850.

2018 and 2019 DATES:

16 November 2018, Gaithersburg, Maryland

7 December 2018, San Diego, California

18 January 2019, Rockville, Maryland

15 February 2019, San Diego, California

22 March 2019, Rockville, Maryland

19 April 2019, San Diego, California

17 May 2019, Rockville, Maryland

14 June 2019, San Diego, California

19 July 2019, Rockville, Maryland

16 August 2019, San Diego, California

13 September 2019, Rockville, Maryland

18 October 2019, San Diego, California

15 November 2019, Rockville, Maryland

13 December 2019, San Diego, California

FEE: $1,995; DOT Option: $200

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Internal Dosimetry

TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC. Attn: Robin Rivard, PO Box 226, New Hartford, CT 06057; phone: 860-738-2440; fax: 860-738-9322; email: info@tmscourses.com. For other course listings please visit our website: www.tmscourses.com.

This five-day course has been developed for health physicists, radiation safety officers, regulators, program auditors, and anyone having responsibilities relating to personnel dose assessment. The course takes the student through the fundamentals of internal dosimetry, including historical and current dose models, to the analysis of actual intakes. The focus of this course is the utilization of both in vitro and in vivo bioassay results in the determination of intake and dose. A significant amount of time is devoted to calculations using actual intake scenarios. Practical applications of data and interpretation of bioassay results are stressed. Discussions include identifying the source term, collection of pertinent data, application of retention functions, and determination of required bioassay technique sensitivities and identification of analytical parameters that impact the validity of in vivo and in vitro bioassay results. The student will become familiar with the use of current documents and references. Bioassay program development and quality assurance for bioassay programs will also be discussed. Importantly, the course will consider application and use of perhaps the most powerful internal dosimetry software package currently available: the Integrated Modules for Bioassay Analyses (IMBA). Customization of the course to address site-specific applications is optional for on-site courses—please contact TMS for further information. The course has application to commercial power reactors, pharmaceutical manufacturers, regulatory agencies, university programs, government laboratories, private industry, fuel fabricators—in short, any program involved in handling dispersible radioactive materials where there is a potential for intakes. Students are encouraged to provide scenarios to the instructor prior to or during the course for review and discussion during the course.

DATES: 14–18 January 2019

FEE: $1,295

PLACE: Orlando, Florida

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Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) School and Refresher Class

RSO SERVICES, INC. Contact: Robert Harrison, PO Box 575, Niceville, FL 32588; 850-651-0777; fax: 866-254-3211; email: info@rsoservices.com; website: rsoservices.com/school

The Radiation Safety Officer course is updated throughout the year for the latest changes in all aspects of being an RSO as approved by the states and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. We specialize in industrial fixed gauges, x-ray sources, naturally occurring radioactive material, disposals, and more. We have a broad spectrum of customers from all industries: power, chemical, oil/gas, pulp and paper, mining, hospitals, government, radiography, etc. We offer no electives because everything is covered and course emphasis is given based on the attending students' work field. Please check our website at http://www.rsoservices.com/calendar for the latest school dates and optional on-site training at your facility. Textbook, pad, pen, snacks, and beverages are included. RSO Services, Inc., can provide your plant any radiation service needed: wipe/survey/shutter tests, meter calibrations, source disposals and replacements, on-site audits, consulting, and more.

DATES:

January–December 2018: Anytime, Anywhere, One-week on-site training at your facility

24–28 September 2018: Orange Beach, Alabama (on the Gulf Shores Beach)

5–9 November 2018: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (in the Smoky Mountains)

FEE: 40-hour class is $1,495 and Refresher Class is $925

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Radiation Safety Officer Training Course

RADIATION SAFETY & CONTROL SERVICES, INC. Attn: Natalie Tarzia, 91 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH 03885; 800-525-8339 or 603-778-2871 (x220); fax: 603-778-6879; email: nmtarzia@radsafety.com; website: radsafety.com

This comprehensive 40-hour course provides students with a balance of technical and theoretical information along with practical applications of radiation safety. Fundamental concepts are presented in a logical progression, providing a sound basis for understanding the day-to-day requirements of the radiation safety officer (RSO). This training includes Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements for transportation of radioactive materials and satisfies the requirements of Subpart H. A DOT exam is included. References from past students are available upon request. The three instructors of the course are certified health physicists with a combined 100 years of experience in their field. As RSCS principals, they operate a nuclear instrumentation calibration facility and an analytical measurement laboratory and also perform consulting for radioactive material licensees. Continuing education credits (CECs) have been approved by the American Academy of Health Physics (40 CECs) and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (40 hours of Category A CECs).

DATES: 25 February–1 March 2019

FEE: $1,495 (includes all materials, daily continental breakfast and snack breaks, and a catered lunch and social on the first day of the course)

PLACE: Orlando, Florida

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Site Characterization in Support of Decommissioning: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

ORAU'S PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS. Attn: Registrar, PO Box 117, MS-11, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117; phone: 865.576.3576; fax: 865.241.9152; email: registrar@orau.org. For additional course listings please visit our website: www.orau.org/ptp.

Successful site remediation, final status surveys (FSS) and facility release are dependent upon the adequacy of the initial decommissioning planning. Because so much of the information that ultimately feeds into the planning and documentation that supports release guideline development, remediation, and final status surveys is generated during early site reconnaissance, it is imperative that the historical site assessment and characterization are integrated with the overarching plans for eventually releasing a site. The driving guidance for the FSS of radiologically contaminated sites is MARSSIM. Together, with additional guidance documents that include the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Consolidated Decommissioning Guidance (NUREG-1757), MARSAME, as well as guidance from our European counterparts, this course has been designed to bridge the gap between available training and emphasis on the performance of final status surveys to ensure that the initial historical site assessments and characterization surveys, from which the majority of the important decision-making data arise, are conducted in an integrated approach for decommissioning that will feed directly into FSS planning and site release. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 continuing education credits for completion of this course. This five-day course emphasizes site evaluation, data planning, survey implementation and tools, data interpretation, and decision-making processes involved in the historical site assessment, scoping survey, and characterization survey phases of decommissioning. Much of the course involves planning sessions and individual and class exercises. Topics include site assessment, surveys for radiological and chemical contaminants, data quality objectives and assessments, safety evaluations, planning, and budgeting. This course is designed for individuals who will be responsible for the oversight and planning of the surveys leading up to remediation and FSS, determining data needs, and data evaluation and reporting. Although general concepts from MARSSIM are included in the course, experience or previous training using MARSSIM is not a prerequisite. The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

DATES:

3–7 December 2018

9–13 December 2019

FEE: $1,995

PLACE: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Gamma Spectroscopy

ORAU'S PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS. Attn: Registrar, PO Box 117, MS-11, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117; phone: 865.576.3576; fax: 865.241.9152; email: registrar@orau.org. For additional course listings please visit our website: www.orau.org/ptp.

The use of radioactive materials in industry and government has created a need for persons trained in the current techniques of analyzing gamma-emitting radionuclides. To meet this need, ORAU conducts a five-day training course—Gamma Spectroscopy. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 continuing education credits for completion of this course. This five-day, laboratory-oriented course covers the basics of radionuclide identification and quantification by gamma spectroscopy. Approximately 50% of the time will be spent in the laboratory. Any person whose responsibilities involve the analysis of samples by gamma spectroscopy, but who needs more background knowledge of the topic, should attend. The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

DATES:

3–7 December 2018

3–7 June 2019

9–13 December 2019

FEE: $1,995

PLACE: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Virtual Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) Training Course

VERSANT MEDICAL PHYSICS & RADIATION SAFETY. Contact: John Bartholomew, 116 S. Riverview Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49004; 888-316-3644; email: sales@versantphysics.com. For more information, visit our website: www.versantphysics.com/education.

End-of-the-year sale on Versant Physics' Virtual MRSO course. Increase your compliance knowledge and learn the day-to-day requirements of an MRSO. For a limited time, Versant (formerly Dade Moeller Health Group) is offering discounted pricing on its online MRSO class and will donate $100 with every purchase to the American Cancer Society. Participants will receive 22 continuing education credits (CECs) online granted by both the American Academy of Health Physics and Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs with this Virtual MRSO course. Save on time and travel expenses by completing self-paced training virtually. Visit www.versantphysics.com/education for additional details.

DATES: Online class is available anytime, anywhere.

FEE: $1,095 (Special promotion with the American Cancer Society includes $100 donation with every purchase, available now. Normally $1,750)

PLACE: Remote

 

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