Becoming a Radiation Worker


 

In order to handle Radioactive Materials on Mizzou's campus, each individual must become an approved Radiation Worker (RW). A Radiation Worker is an individual trained in radiation safety that is approved to work under the authorization of an AU with radioactive material without direct supervision. The AU is responsible for each RW and their acts of commission or omission who are approved to work under the authorization. A RW may work under more than one authorization at a time, but must be approved by each AU.

There are various types of RWs that require different training courses. Are you going to be performing:

Note: If you are already a RW and are looking to complete your refresher training, please review the Refresher Training information.

Note: If you are only planning on using X-Ray generating machines, you do not need to become a RW. However, you will need to complete Radiation Generating Machine Safety Training for Research Uses which can be found on the Radiation Safety Online Training page. If you need dosimetry, fill out the Dosimetry Application found under the Rad Forms link to the right. You can find additional instructions on filling out the Dosimetry Application on the Monitoring Internal and External Exposure page.

 

To become a RW performing research in a laboratory setting, you must:

  1. Complete the training course Introduction to Radiation Safety - Part 1 with a passing grade of 75% or higher. You can register for this course by following the instructions on the Radiation Safety Online Training page. You can also find additional information for completing online training via Canvas on the Training page.
  2. Receive authorization specific training from your Authorized User, the Lead Radiation Worker, or a fellow Radiation Worker under the authorization in which you will be working. For topics which should be covered during authorization specific training, see the Training Guide for Radiation Workers which can be found using the Rad Forms link to the right.
  3. Register and attend Introduction to Radiation Safety - Part 2. To register for this course, log into EHS Assistant with your university pawprint and associated password. Note: this is an in-person training course offered once every other month. Please plan accordingly.
  4. Fill out the Radiation Worker Application found under the Rad Forms link to the right.
    • Make sure to have your Authorized User sign your application prior to attending the in-person training. You can find additional information on filling out the form below under How to Fill Out the Radiation Worker Application. You may also contact your Authorized User's assigned HP or rad@missouri.edu prior to attending the class.
  5. You will need to submit your completed Radiation Worker application to EHS at either rad@missouri.edu or your assigned HP. This form must be submitted prior to working with RAM.

If you need dosimetry, fill out the Dosimetry Application as well and submit to either your assigned HP or rad@missouri.edu. The Dosimetry Application may be downloaded using the Rad Forms link to the right. If you are unsure if you need dosimetry, speak with your Authorized User or assigned HP. For additional information on dosimetry, please see the Monitoring Internal and External Exposure page.

If you are looking for other Radiation Safety courses, you can find additional information on the Radiation Safety Online Training page.

 

To become a RW performing clinical work with animals, you must:

  1. Complete the training course Veterinary Medicine Imaging Safety Orientation with a passing grade of 75% or higher. You can register for this course by following the instructions on the Radiation Safety Online Training page. You can also find additional information for completing online training via Canvas on the Training page.
  2. Receive authorization specific in-person training from your Authorized User, the Lead Radiation Worker, or a fellow Radiation Worker under the authorization in which you will be working. For topics which should be covered during authorization specific training, see the Training Guide for Radiation Workers which can be found using the Rad Forms link to the right. You will need to coordinate this training by going through Veterinary Medicine Staff, not EHS.
  3. Fill out the Radiation Worker Application found under the Rad Forms link to the right. You can find additional information on filling out the form below under How to Fill Out the Radiation Worker Application. You may also contact your Authorized User's assigned HP prior to attending the class or rad@missouri.edu.
  4. You will need to submit your completed Radiation Worker application to EHS at either rad@missouri.edu or your assigned HP. This form must be submitted prior to working with RAM.

 

To become a RW performing clinical work with humans, you must:

  1. Complete each of the following training courses that applies to your job specific duties:
    • Radiation Safety for Radiation Oncology
    • Radiation Safety for Y-90 Microspheres
    • Radiation Safety for Nuclear Medicine 
    • Radiation Safety Training for Physicians Injecting Radioactive Material
  2. If you are unsure which training course to take, consult with your AU or assigned HP. Depending on your job function, you may need to take more than one. You must achieve a passing grade of 75% or higher on every course quiz you take. You can register for each course by following the instructions on the Radiation Safety Online Training page. You can also find additional information for completing online training via Canvas on the Training page.
  3. Receive authorization specific training from your Authorized User, the Lead Radiation Worker, or a fellow Radiation Worker under the authorization in which you will be working. For topics which should be covered during authorization specific training, see the Training Guide for Radiation Workers which can be found using the Rad Forms link to the right.
  4. Fill out the Radiation Worker Application found under the Rad Forms link to the right.You can find additional information on filling out the form below under How to Fill Out the Radiation Worker Application. You may also contact your Authorized User's assigned HP prior to attending the class or rad@missouri.edu.
  5. You will need to submit your completed Radiation Worker application to EHS at either rad@missouri.edu or your assigned HP. This form must be submitted prior to working with RAM.

 

 

How to Fill Out the Radiation Worker Application

  • The RW shall complete sections 1-15.
    • Item 11: Indicate the formal radiation safety training courses that you have taken and/or attended. This includes the location, contact hours, and the date. For example, if you take the online Canvas training courses, write out the course title and length of course.
    • Item 12: Indicate actual, on the job experience with handling isotopes. If you have none, indicate so.
    • Item 13: List isotopes and activities you are expecting to handle. If you are unsure, contact your AU. This helps EHS assess your dosimetry needs more accurately.
    • Item 14: To be registered as a RW, you must indicate that you have received authorization-specific training from the AU or their staff covering radiation safety, laboratory safety, and your worker responsibilities. Be sure to include the dates of the training. See the Training Guide for Radiation Workers under the Rad Forms link to the right for training topics that should be covered.
    • Item 15: All applicants must read the responsibilities statement and then sign and date the form
  • The Authorized User shall review sections 1-15, agree to the responsibilities statement, and approve this application by signing/dating section 16. The application is not valid without the AU signature.
  • EHS will assess the need for dosimetry. Do not fill out the bottom section.
  • If dosimetry is needed, complete the Dosimetry Application found under Rad Forms to the right. For help filling out the forms, see the Monitoring Internal and External Exposure page.

 

Refresher Training Information

RWs working in research laboratory or veterinary medicine clinical settings are required to complete radiation safety refresher training once every three years. RWs working in a clincal setting with humans must complete refresher training once every year.

  • If you are a RW in a research laboratory setting, go to the Training page and complete the course Radiation Safety Refresher.
  • If you are a RW in a veterinary medicine clincical setting, go to the Training page and complete the course Veterinary Medicine Radiation Safety Refresher.
  • If you are a RW in a human clinical setting, please complete the same exact courses that were initially required. Course options for RWs in a clinical setting with humans can be found in the RW performing clinical work with humans section.

 

Removal of Radiation Workers

When a RW is no longer working under an authorization, please contact your assigned HP  to have that individual’s registration closed out for that authorization. Be sure to indicate if dosimetry should be cancelled also.

 

Page last updated on Decebmer 2, 2019.