Health Physics Technician
Health Physics Technician
The Health Physics Group at UKAEA Culham provides advisory and monitoring services to site projects to assist in compliance with Health and Safety laws, particularly Ionising Radiations Regulations (IRR17) and COSHH Regulations (2002) pertaining to Beryllium safety.
Health Physics Technicians (HPT) are required to maintain a routine radiological protection and occupational hygiene service but also provide specialised monitoring support for a wide range of radiological and workplace hazards.
The operations team comprises of Health Physics Operations Manager (HPOM), Health Physics Supervisor (HPS) and a team of HPT's, Apprentices and Trainees.
The post holder will be designated as radiation monitored worker under the IRR17 and under site procedures will be a registered beryllium worker for which a medical examination is required. They will also need to be medically fit to wear pressurised suits and other respiratory protective equipment.
Responsibilities and duties:
Perform routine surface and airborne contamination monitoring for the control of radiological and beryllium hazards for assessment of site working procedures.
Respond to urgent requests for Health Physics cover for radiological protection and/or occupational hygiene advice and provide advice and monitoring in response to incidents, including spills, leaks, releases of radioactivity, chemical release or for site emergency conditions.
Set up work areas with the appropriate designation for radiological/beryllium and ensure control measures are correctly applied and written procedures followed as per work permits and authorisations.
Provide advice and assistance to area Responsible Officers relating to the setting up of radiological and beryllium-controlled areas specific to the work involved.
Change and count stack discharge samples for alpha/beta/gamma/tritium and beryllium contamination.
Audit of NDT radiography operations to ensure compliance with the regulations.
Prepare samples for counting, use of liquid scintillation counters and assist in the laboratory when required.
Complete documents and record forms for transfers of materials from radiological and beryllium areas. Produce clear chronological reports on the results of contamination monitoring.
Performing confined space atmospheric checks and other occupational hygiene measurements for hazardous chemicals as required for work control.
Responsible for advice and control of radioactive and beryllium waste disposal where required.
Provide cover for overtime, shifts and on-call support (Health Physics Duty Technician) when required.
Assist with the training of new team members.
Other Health Physics related functions as determined by operational priority.
The role requires responding to incident situations at Culham site. The role holder will be expected to be part of the emergency on-call team for on-site incidents and for off-site RADSAFE response.
Minimum City & Guilds Radiation Safety Practice Stage 1 or the Level 2 Diploma in Radiation Protection.
A minimum of 3 years operational Health Physics experience.
Use of Microsoft packages.
To have good numeracy and literacy skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and must be able to work flexibly by responding to changes in operational priorities, and operate individually and as part of a team, delivering a high-quality service to the whole project.
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