Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0400-20-07-.23 - TRAINING FOR RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER
Except as provided in Rule 0400-20-07-.26, a licensee shall require an individual fulfilling the responsibilities of the radiation safety officer under Rule 0400-20-07-.17 to be an individual who:
(1) Is certified by a specialty board whose certification process has been recognized by the Division, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or an Agreement State, and who meets the requirements of paragraphs (4) and (5) of this rule. (Specialty boards whose certification processes have been recognized by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or an Agreement State will be posted on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Web page.) To be recognized, a specialty board shall require all candidates for certification to:
1. Hold a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in physical science or engineering or biological science with a minimum of 20 college credits in physical science;
2. Have 5 or more years of professional experience in health physics (graduate training may be substituted for no more than 2 years of the required experience) including at least 3 years in applied health physics; and
3. Pass an examination administered by diplomates of the specialty board, which evaluates knowledge and competence in radiation physics and instrumentation, radiation protection, mathematics pertaining to the use and measurement of radioactivity, radiation biology, and radiation dosimetry; or
1. Hold a master's or doctor's degree in physics, medical physics, other physical science, engineering, or applied mathematics from an accredited college or university;
2. Have 2 years of full-time practical training and/or supervised experience in medical physics:
(i) Under the supervision of a medical physicist who is certified in medical physics by a specialty board recognized by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or an Agreement State; or
(ii) In clinical nuclear medicine facilities providing diagnostic and/or therapeutic services under the direction of physicians who meet the requirements for authorized users under Rule 0400-20-07-.26, 0400-20-07-.43 or 0400-20-07-.47; and
3. Pass an examination, administered by diplomates of the specialty board, that assesses knowledge and competence in clinical diagnostic radiological or nuclear medicine physics and in radiation safety; or
(a) Has completed a structured educational program consisting of both:
1. 200 hours of classroom and laboratory training in the following areas:
(i) Radiation physics and instrumentation;
(ii) Radiation protection;
(iii) Mathematics pertaining to the use and measurement of radioactivity; .
(iv) Radiation biology; and
(v) Radiation dosimetry; and
2. 1 year of full-time radiation safety experience under the supervision of the individual identified as the radiation safety officer on a Division, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or Agreement State license or a permit issued by a Commission master material licensee that authorizes similar type(s) of use(s) of radioactive material involving the following:
(i) Shipping, receiving, and performing related radiation surveys;
(ii) Using and performing checks for proper operation of instruments used to determine the activity of dosages, survey meters, and instruments used to measure radionuclides;
(iii) Securing and controlling radioactive material;
(iv) Using administrative controls to avoid mistakes in the administration of radioactive material;
(v) Using procedures to prevent or minimize radioactive contamination and using proper decontamination procedures;
(vi) Using emergency procedures to control radioactive material; and
(vii) Disposing of radioactive material; or
(a) Is a medical physicist who has been certified by a specialty board whose certification process has been recognized by the Division, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or an Agreement State under paragraph (1) of Rule 0400-20-07-.24 and has experience in radiation safety for similar types of use of radioactive material for which the licensee is seeking the approval of the individual as radiation safety officer and who meets the requirements in paragraphs (4) and (5) of this rule; or
(b) Is an authorized user, authorized medical physicist, or authorized nuclear pharmacist identified on the licensee's license and has experience with the radiation safety aspects of similar types of use of radioactive material for which the individual has radiation safety officer responsibilities; and
(4) Has obtained written attestation, signed by a preceptor radiation safety officer, that the individual has satisfactorily completed the requirements in paragraph (5) of this rule, and in subparagraph (1)(a), (1)(b), (2)(a), (3)(a) or (3)(b) of this rule, and has achieved a level of radiation safety knowledge sufficient to function independently as a radiation safety officer for a medical use licensee; and
(5) Has training in the radiation safety, regulatory issues, and emergency procedures for the types of use for which a licensee seeks approval. This training requirement may be satisfied by completing training that is supervised by an authorized medical physicist, authorized user, authorized nuclear pharmacist, or radiation safety officer, as appropriate, who is authorized for the type(s) of use for which the licensee is seeking approval.
Authority: T.C.A. §§ 68-202-101 et seq., 68-202-201 et seq. and 4-5-201 et seq.
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