Safety & Health Specialist II, Radiation Safety Division
Duke University Health System
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Hospitality, Facility, Environmental Support
Internal Number: 178689
Safety & Health Specialist II, Radiation Safety Division
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit: The Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) provides the focus for the administration of all safety programs to Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, and Duke University Health System. OESO has the responsibility for developing institutional safety plans and policies; providing information and training to meet all regulatory requirements; providing technical consultation and guidance; conducting exposure and risk assessments; conducting safety audits; monitoring compliance with all safety policies; and investigating accidents, injuries, and reported unsafe conditions.
Specific to Radiation Safety Division: The Radiation Safety Division provides guidance and oversight to users of radiation producing devices and radioactive material on campus, in the Medical Center, in the Medical School, at the accelerator facilities, and at Duke University affiliated medical facilities. In addition, the Radiation Safety Division provides support to the Radioactive Waste Program and provides oversight for the Laser Safety Program.
Primary Purpose of Position: Provide support to radiation safety programs at DUMC and Duke University campus. Primary duties are related to compliance with regulations governing the use of radioactive materials and machine-produced radiation.
General Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to the primary duties, the Safety and Health Specialist II will:
Conduct laboratory audits and surveys on Duke campus.
Conduct audits and surveys at Duke accelerator facilities, and Duke Marine Lab.
Patient room preparation and decontamination/release after use.
Perform and document radiation measurements related to medical treatment or diagnostic procedures involving radio-isotopes. Follow procedures for documenting patient information in medical charts.
Determine conditions for patient isolation and release following criteria for specific procedures.
Conduct confidential patient and family interviews prior to administration of radio-isotopes.
Interact with and advise medical personnel on radiation safety precautions around patients undergoing brachytherapy or treatment with radio-pharmaceuticals.
Ensure packaging, removal, monitoring, transportation and storage of radioactive waste generated by patients.
Advise Pathology staff of radiation safety aspects if body of deceased patient contains radio-pharmaceuticals or brachytherapy sources.
Implement radiation safety measures (area posting, roping off, decontamination, etc.) based on interpretation of measured dose rates or contamination levels.
Perform calibrations and operational checks of radiation survey meters.
Deploy and retrieve passive area and environmental monitors (badges) as part of a regular quarterly or monthly program, or as directed by the responsible Health Physicist in special cases.
Decommissioning of lab equipment for disposal or surplus, removal of radioactive sources from devices such as Liquid Scintillation Counter and Moisture Gauges.
Maintain inventory of sealed radiation sources, perform regular swipe checks or leak tests.
Check and maintain radioactive waste monitors.
Respond to radioactive waste monitors alarm calls.
Oversee shipment of radiopharmaceuticals, brachytherapy and other sealed sources.
Maintain thyroid bioassay database, conduct interviews when event action levels are exceeded.
Maintain regulatory documentation of clinical and research X-ray machines and compliance with State regulations regarding machine-produced radiation. Perform and document post-installation shielding evaluations.
Perform Quality Control measurements and inspections of X-ray installations on Duke University campus, Duke University Medical Center, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and outlying clinics. Document results in appropriate reports.
Maintain program documentation for clinical and research lasers and conduct physical inventory of equipment.
Prepare paperwork for license amendments.
Perform and document post-installation shielding evaluations.
Assist with in-service training provided by the RS Division.
RAMordering and coordination of RAM package processing;package receiving, delivery, survey and documentation.
Perform contamination assessment using survey meters, liquid scintillation and gamma spectroscopy techniques.
Provide technical assistance to users of RAM and radiation producing devices in areas of radiation survey equipment, survey methods, waste issues, contamination control, etc.
Respond to Duke personnel inquiries related to radiation safety.
Respond to spills, waste contamination and other radiological emergencies.
Conduct backup tasks and other radiation safety duties as assigned by superiors.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to radiation safety.
Ability to utilize computer technology to access data, maintain records, generate reports.
Creative problem solving to recognize and analyze needs and design programs to effectively address them.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to plan and coordinate multiple, diverse assignments simultaneously.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Health Physics, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, or related field.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, Fire Protection or related field.
Must have completed or be able to complete First Responder-Operations Level Training (29 CFR 1910.120).
Professional certification preferred for level 2.
Fire Safety- ability to obtain CFPS certification within two years of hire. Ability to obtain Pre-Qualification, NC Code Officials Board, Fire Prevention with one year of hire.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to occupational safety and health.
Knowledge of organizational and personnel management skills.
Creative problem solving to recognize and analyze needs and assist in the development of programs to address needs.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to use computer database and spreadsheet programs.
Basic knowledge of occupational safety, industrial hygiene principles and/or ergonomics.
Ability to locate and use appropriate technical resources in occupational safety and health.
Ability to lift and carry heavy materials and equipment.
Physically able to serve on a HAZMAT spill response team.
Developed professional presentation skills.
Job Code: 00005093 SAFETY & HEALTH SPECIALIST Job Level: F1
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