(1) In addition to the radiation protection program requirements of Rule 0400-20-05-.40, a licensee's management shall approve in writing:
(a) Requests for a license application, renewal, or amendment before submittal to the Division;
(b) Any individual before allowing that individual to work as an authorized user, authorized nuclear pharmacist, or authorized medical physicist; and
(c) Radiation protection program changes that do not require a license amendment and are permitted under Rule 0400-20-07-.18.
(2) A licensee's management shall appoint a radiation safety officer, who agrees, in writing, to be responsible for implementing the radiation protection program. The licensee, through the radiation safety officer, shall ensure that radiation safety activities are being performed in accordance with licensee-approved procedures and regulatory requirements.
(3) For up to 60 days each year, a licensee may permit an authorized user or an individual qualified to be a radiation safety officer to function as a temporary radiation safety officer and to perform the functions of a radiation safety officer, under paragraph (7) of this rule, if the licensee takes the actions required in paragraphs (2), (5), (7), and (8) of this rule.
(4) A licensee may simultaneously appoint more than one temporary radiation safety officer under paragraph (3) of this rule, if needed to ensure that the licensee has a temporary radiation safety officer that satisfies the requirements to be a radiation safety officer for each of the different types of uses of radioactive material permitted by the license.
(5) A licensee shall establish the authority, duties, and responsibilities of the radiation safety officer in writing.
(6) Licensees that are authorized for 2 or more different types of use of radioactive material under Rules 0400-20-07-.44, 0400-20-07-.51, 0400-20-07-.63, and 0400-20-07-.81, or 2 or more types of units under Rule 0400-20-07-.63 shall establish a radiation safety committee to oversee all uses of radioactive material permitted by the license. The committee must include an authorized user of each type of use permitted by the license, the radiation safety officer, a representative of the nursing service, and a representative of management who is neither an authorized user nor a radiation safety officer. The committee may include other members the licensee considers appropriate.
(7) A licensee shall provide the radiation safety officer sufficient authority, organizational freedom, time, resources, and management prerogative, to:
(a) Identify radiation safety problems;
(b) Initiate, recommend, or provide corrective actions;
(c) Stop unsafe operations; and
(d) Verify implementation of corrective actions. .
(8) A licensee's Radiation Safety Committee shall meet as necessary, but at a minimum shall meet at intervals not to exceed 6 months. The licensee shall maintain minutes of each meeting in accordance with Rule 0400-20-07-.82.
(9) A licensee shall retain a record of actions taken under paragraphs (1), (2), and (5) of this rule in accordance with Rule 0400-20-07-.82.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0400-20-07-.17
Original rule filed February 22, 2012; effective May 22, 2012.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 68-202-101 et seq., 68-202-201 et seq. and 4-5-201 et seq.

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