Profession radiation protection officer

Radiation protection officers are responsible for the protection from harmfull effects caused by exposure to ionising radiation. They ensure compliance with legislation and regulations by enforcing safety measures. Furthermore they develop radiation protection plans in particular for nuclear plants and facilities.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Artistic
  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Radiation physics in healthcare

    The radiation physics related to conventional radiology, CT, MRI, ultrasound, diagnostic nuclear medicine and their principles such as areas of application, indications, contraindications, limitations and radiation hazards.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Nuclear physics

    Field of physics in which protons and neutrons and their interactions inside atoms are analysed.

  • Radioactive contamination

    The different causes of the presence of radioactive substances in liquids, solids, or gases or on surfaces, and the manner in which to identify the types of contaminants, their risks, and the contaminants' concentration.

  • Nuclear legislation

    Be familiar with European, national and international legislation regarding the practice of nuclear activities.

  • Nuclear energy

    The generation of electrical energy through the use of nuclear reactors, by converting the energy released from nuclei of atoms in reactors which generate heat. This heat subsequently generates steam which can power a steam turbine to generate electricity.

  • Pollution prevention

    The processes used to prevent pollution: precautions to pollution of the environment, procedures to counter pollution and associated equipment, and possible measures to protect the environment.

  • Radiation protection

    The measures and procedures used to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.

Skills

  • Develop radiation protection strategies

    Develop strategies for facilities and organisations which are at risk for exposure to radiation or radioactive substances, such as hospitals and nuclear facilities, for the protection of people within the premises in case of risk, as well as the minimisation of radiation exposure during working operations.

  • Calculate exposure to radiation

    Calculate radiation data about procedures, such as length and intensity of exposure.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Respond to nuclear emergencies

    Set in motion the strategies for reacting in the event of equipment malfunctions, errors, or other events which may lead to contamination and other nuclear emergencies, ensuring that the facility is secured, all necessary areas are evacuated, and further damages and risks are contained.

  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

  • Advise on pollution prevention

    Advise individuals and organisations on the development and implementation of actions which aid in the prevention of pollution and its related risks.

  • Instruct employees on radiation protection

    Explain the various legal and operational measures established in the company against radiation, such as reducing exposure time and wearing protective gear, to the employees and communicate the emergency procedures.

  • Monitor radiation levels

    Use measuring and testing equipment and techniques to identify the levels of radiation or radioactive substances in order to control exposure and minimise health, safety, and environmental risks.

  • Monitor nuclear power plant systems

    Control nuclear plant systems, such as ventilation and water draining systems, to ensure proper functioning and identify irregularities.

  • Perform risk analysis

    Identify and assess factors that may jeopardise the success of a project or threaten the organisation's functioning. Implement procedures to avoid or minimise their impact.

  • Follow nuclear plant safety precautions

    Comply with nuclear power plant safety procedures, policies and legislation to ensure a safe working environment for all employees, and to ensure the safety of the public.

  • Design strategies for nuclear emergencies

    Develop and oversee the implementation of strategies which aim to prevent equipment malfunctions, errors, and contamination risks in nuclear facilities, and which outline response actions in the event of a nuclear emergency.

  • Follow environmental protection standards

    Know and adhere to environmental protection standards, in some cases through direct discussion with local governments to ensure compliance with legislative requirements.

  • Ensure compliance with radiation protection regulations

    Make sure the company and the employees implement the legal and operational measures established to guarantee protection against radiation.

  • Apply radiation protection procedures

    Ensure that Radiation Protection Rules are applied at all times, in accordance to the specifications provided in the Medical Exposure Directive (MED) related to the dangers of ionising radiation in relation to medical exposure.

Optional knowledge and skills

investigate contamination inspect compliance with hazardous waste regulations inspect government policy compliance pollution legislation contamination exposure regulations test safety strategies assess contamination investigate pollution avoid contamination monitor disposal of radioactive substances

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