PDC 101

Managing Radiation Safety Programs for Industrial Hygienists



introductory | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Saturday, May 21 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 35


Incident Preparedness and Response, Ionizing Radiation, Safety


This course is intended to provide practical information for managing a good radiation safety program. It is NOT about theory or math. Materials will be presented in an easily understood format geared toward the industrial hygienist who may also be responsible for radiation safety. We will provide a brief review of ionizing radiation fundamentals, biological effects, terms and units, to assure that everyone understands radiation terminology. Various industrial sources will be discussed as examples (i.e., sealed and unsealed radioisotopes; industrial radiography and x-ray machines; handheld x-ray fluorescent devices; thickness and moisture-density gauges). The program management portions of the course will focus on regulations, licensing/registrations, NUREG 1556, radiation instrumentation, dosimetry, training requirements, waste management, and emergency response. Persons taking this course will gain a basic understanding necessary to function as a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).


A basic understanding of ionizing radiation will be helpful.

Learning Aids

Participants must bring a laptop OR tablet/iPad.

Value Added

Each participant will receive a CD that contains extensive references and a workbook for further study.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Acquire practical knowledge to efficiently run a radiation safety program.
  • Assure worker and public safety.
  • Recall the fundamentals of ionizing radiation and biological effects.
  • Review radiation terms, quantities and units, and principles of ALARA.
  • Interpret and apply state and Federal regulations.
  • Identify radiation sources and control methodologies.
  • Use radiation instruments and interpret measurements.
  • Determine licensing and registration requirements.
  • Prepare for inspections and to conduct annual audits.


  • Fundamentals of Ionizing Radiation
  • Interactions and Biological Effects
  • Principles of Radiation Protection
  • Radiation Sources and Control Methodologies
  • Regulations, Licensing, and Registration
  • Instrumentation and Personal Dosimetry
  • Training
  • Radioactive Waste Management
  • Emergency Response

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants’ understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum

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Sponsoring Committee

Ionizing Radiation