Health Physicist

Health Physicist Job Description

Health Physicists (Radiation Protection Practitioners) Give Advice And Guidance About The Possible Hazards Of Ionising Radiation, Such As X-rays, As Well As Radioactive Materials And Waste. Some Practitioners Also Advise On Non-ionising Radiation, e.g. Radar, Mobile Phone Masts, Lasers And Ultraviolet Light.

Practitioners Use Scientific Techniques And Equipment To Measure And Monitor Radiation, Assess Risks And Ensure The Safety Of The Workplace, The General Public And The Environment.

Radiation Protection Covers Both The Nuclear And Non-nuclear Industries. Non-nuclear Industries Include Areas Such As Industry (radiography), Medicine (diagnosis And Treatment), Research And Teaching.

Employers Are Legally Required To Comply With Health And Safety Regulations On Radiation And May Appoint A Radiation Protection Practitioner To Advise Them Of Any Legal Requirements. Practitioners Also Advise Employers On Radiation Protection, Design Of Facilities And Projects, And Safety Training.

Radiation Protection Practitioners May Be Known Under A Range Of Different Job Titles, Such As Health Physicist, Depending On The Industry In Which They Work And The Nature Of Their Role. Many Practitioners Work Towards Becoming Radiation Protection Advisers (RPAs) Or Radioactive Waste Advisers (RWAs) Or Both.

Radiation Protection Practitioners Can Work In A Wide Range Of Areas, Including Medicine And Veterinary Work, The Nuclear Industry, Research, Teaching, Non-destructive Testing, Waste Management And Environmental Protection.

Health Physicist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • applying basic principles of health and safety to comply with relevant regulations;
  • liaising with management and the workforce (including plant managers, designers, engineers, laboratory staff, academics, accountants and other health and safety
  • ensuring that radiation safety regulations are observed;
  • visiting companies to provide radiation protection consultancy and writing reports based on these visits;
  • identifying training needs and lecturing and/or training other staff;
  • conducting training for company employees as an external consultant;
  • researching improved operational practice.
  • drawing up and implementing radiation protection policies and procedures;
  • monitoring and maintaining records of radiological and environmental conditions;
  • developing and reviewing radiation protection systems and inspecting their operation;
  • advising on the safe transport of radioactive materials;
  • preparing emergency plans for responding to radiation incidents;
  • leading and coordinating enquiries into accidents or incidents;
  • liaising with inspectorate and other bodies;
  • professionals) on matters of radiation safety and legislation;
  • providing a dosimetry service and measuring radiation, using both basic and complex scientific equipment;
  • assessing radiation risks in the workplace and advising on the design of plant, equipment and waste disposal to ensure safety;
  • assessing the impact of releasing radioactive material on the environment;

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