New England Chapter
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RSO, Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY

(posted 2016-07-21)

University of Rochester
Position: Radiation Safety Officer
Location: Rochester, NY
Job ID: 195707
Hours: Full Time 40 hours
Grade: 056
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Environmental Health and Safety

To Apply: 

This position, while reporting directly to the Director of EH&S, functions under general direction of the Director but with wide latitude for independent judgment.  Directs in the general operation the Radiation Safety Unit.   Develops budgets, set priorities, inspects and schedules all requirements of the unit operations. An American Board of Health Physics professional or Licensed under the rules of the American College of Radiology practitioner ensuring the adherence to university policy, procedure and activities for human and non-human use of radioactive material. Directly manages the Radiation Safety staff as well as develop and manage specific individual radiation safety programs.

Primary Responsibilities:
Under broad policy guidelines, with considerable latitude for independent judgment and initiative:

Directs the activities of the Radiation Safety Unit; Maintains responsibility for the direction, organization and management of the Radiation Safety program. Directs and coaches the Radiation Safety technicians on the programs and ensures regulatory compliance. Supervises technical and/or administrative support staff. Maintains necessary files to accomplish performance reviews collaborates in setting their goals and recommends personnel actions.

Analyzes departmental reports to identify and investigate significant deviations from expectations. Identifies possible trends and/or inconsistencies and makes presentations and recommendations to the Director. Prepares and submits management reports and detailed project reports as required.

Through subordinate supervisors, introduces and maintains new methods and procedures, products and equipment. Works closely with other university groups to provide technical assistance, review and support of radiation safety regulations or operational concerns.

Insures the university is compliant with Federal, State, local governmental agencies, university regulation and other regulatory compliance requirements. Maintains familiarity with radiation safety regulations and reviews proposed regulations on behalf of the University. Comments on proposed regulations and keeps management informed of the impact on the University of changes in the regulations.

Establishes and maintains Unit's goals, objectives and operating plans; recommends fees and charges for services; evaluates unit's performance and surveys users' satisfaction.Initiates corrective action as required.

Assumes complete control in radiation emergencies both within the University and on behalf of the Hospital for any cases brought to the Emergency Department, and in so doing, seeks to assure adequate protection of person and property from adverse effects of radiation or spread of contamination.Controls the release of potentially contaminated individuals and curtailment of operations or closure of parts or all of buildings within the University.Wears protective respiratory equipment as required.

Represents the University at the operating level in dealing with State and Federal agencies.Applies for permits and licenses on behalf of the University programs in medical applications of radiation on humans and in the research programs using radiation.

Serves as a member of the Radiation Safety Committee and the Committee on Human Use of Radioactive Material, and provides professional advice in formulating University policy with regard to radiation.Chairs the Quality Assurance (QA) Committee in medical applications of X-rays and provides direction to the QA program.Plan holder of the Radiation Safety Plan for Joint Commission compliance. Acts as Ex-officio member of the Health Physics Advisory Committee.

Evaluates, plans and implements programs that improve present practices, save money, or meet new regulations.

Certifies the design of new radiation facilities, the results of calibrations and bioassays, and other reports which require the signature of a person certified by the American Board of Health Physics.

Calculates dose from diagnostic and therapeutic X-ray exposures and furnishes information to Physicians for use in genetic counseling management.

Has day to day responsibility for operation of University's radioactive materials program.Approves the use of radioactive material by faculty, staff and students. Maintains the authority to withdraw approval when the radiological safety of employees, visitors, or the community is threatened.

Conducts training sessions, teaches for the purpose of supporting authorized users of radiation and provides consultation to faculty, staff and students in the safe use of radioactive material. Evaluates and advises on the need for personal protective equipment and personal monitoring for the safety of individuals to achieve occupational doses as low as is reasonably achievable, for the legal protection of the University and for compliance with State and Federal regulations.

Evaluates exposures to and doses from ionizing radiation to determine possibility of excessive levels. Provides guidance to Physicians in possible medical treatment for overexposure. Advises on decontamination of individuals and is the principal authority in charge of such operations.

Determines safe and cost-effective methods of disposal of radioactive wastes. Negotiates contracts with waste brokers and keeps abreast of latest regulations that affect the disposal methods. Develops procedures for collection, packing and reducing volume of waste as needs change.

Secondary Responsibilities:
Prepares and implements capital renewal and unit’s operating budgets. Works closely with EH&S administrator and exercises budget control for assigned budgets.
Hires or make recommendations on the hiring of department staff. Consults and collaborates on recommendations for staff requirements, training and staff development.
Prepares and implements capital renewal and units operating budgets. Works closely with EH&S administrator and exercises budget control for assigned budgets.

Minimum Qualifications:
 Master's degree in Health Physics/radiological science, engineering or physical science and 6 years’ experience in the health physics field of which at least 3 involve management responsibilities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Certification or immediate eligibility for certification in Health Physics by American Board of Health Physics or American College of Radiology Medical Physicist Certification within 1 year is required.

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