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Radiation Protection Specialist

The successful applicant will join an established professional team providing advice on safe working practices and regulatory compliance for all types of radiation from X-rays and gamma rays to radioactive materials, lasers and electromagnetic fields. The role will involve: the provision of income earning radiation protection services to a wide range of clients, advising on and assisting with regulatory compliance and implementation of effective safety management programmes for work with ionising and non-ionising radiations. This is achieved through consultations with clients, situation analysis/risk assessment and the preparation of persuasive and authoritative reports support for and contribution to training courses in radiation protection for a wide range of clients and at a range of levels responding to radiation events and incidents on behalf of commercial clients to participate in UKHSA's unique statutory role as a Category 1 responder to national radiation emergencies and, when required, non-radiological events responding to enquiries on a wide range of radiation protection issues from the public, industry and local and national agencies supporting UKHSA activities relating to the development of standards, legislation etc with respect to operational radiation protection issues

Technical and Scientific

To act as a radiation protection adviser (RPA) and, if/when qualified, radioactive waste advisor (RWA) in support of CRCE’s radiation protection consultancy services. The postholder will hold a portfolio of clients drawn from across the wide range of sectors serviced by the department.

 Duties include (but not restricted to):

  • To provide expert advice on compliance with all relevant radiation safety legislation, which may include novel interpretation of complex legal requirements. This may include formulation and development of radiation safety policies for clients and provision of advice on the implementation of those policies and strategies through their own local procedures and codes of practice.
  • To act as a specialist point of reference, providing expert advice on the design of new facilities and techniques where ionising radiations are used. This includes laboratories, x-ray facilities used in medicine and industrial facilities
  • To develop, plan and conduct complex radiation safety audits at clients’ premises, to report the results of the audits both verbally on site and later in written contract reports, that make recommendations for actions and improvements to the client
  • To critically examine and analyse newly installed equipment capable of emitting ionising radiation including assessing radiation levels, standard and suitability of radiation safety equipment provided
  • To conduct surveys of radiation areas that require considerable manual dexterity, significant concentration and attention to detail in order to assess levels of radiation exposure to employees and public and to advise on measures for dose reduction and optimisation. A high percentage of this work will require radiation monitoring regimes to be adapted and developed on a case by case basis by the postholder.
  • To give expert advice to dental practitioners on the implementation of legislation relating to medical exposures and in general on the radiation protection of the patient and undertake a range of dental radiological protection work including cone beam CT assessments
  • To advise on the safe storage,  disposal and transport of radioactive materials
  • To give expert advice on the decommissioning of facilities where radioactive materials have been used to ensure that radiation exposure is minimised, radioactive materials are identified and correctly disposed of and the facility cleared of radioactive materials and decontaminated. This may require the use of alternative approaches as necessary and could include advice on remediation after a radiological incident resulting in contamination, including assessment of the extent of contamination by direct means.

 Radiation protection training

To provide training on radiation protection issues in support of the department’s training courses, in particular:

  • To present formal lectures and lead syndicate and practical exercises on scheduled training courses. To develop, prepare and deliver training courses customised for either a particular use of ionising radiation or for the needs of one specific client.
  • To contribute (formal lectures and leading practical/syndicate exercises) to professional level training courses, provided to senior radiation protection professionals. To review any training materials and delegate feedback in order to improve training outcomes

 Health Protection

  • To provide written and verbal advice on protection of the public from radiation hazards and provide information to the public and others on radiological issues as appropriate. The requests for information normally originate from telephone, letter or email enquiries from members of the public and private or public bodies to whom PHE are not providing income earning RPA services.
  • Participation in scientific meetings and conferences, presenting papers on radiation protection matters. These may be at internal (PHE), national or international level. Disseminate information and knowledge gathered from participation at workshops, seminars and conferences to colleagues.

 Emergency Response

To participate in emergency response to incidents where PHE has a response role, in particular:

  • To participate in PHE’s emergency response to radiological incidents in the form of the co-ordination of environmental and personnel monitoring or undertaking such monitoring
  • To participate in PHE’s response to non-radiological incidents as appropriate, in support of other specialist teams
  • To participate and, in some cases lead, the response to radiological incidents involving commercial RPA clients