Health Physicist (7145U) Environment, Health & Safety 6758
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: March 26, 2020
The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship. EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.
The Health Physicist performs technical review of radiation use for regulatory compliance and safety in support of campus research and teaching. Understands and supports the EH&S mission and vision. Contributes to a successful team oriented work environment ensuring interdependence and cooperation; constructive and positive communications; and mutual support. Promotes and exemplifies campus, divisional, and departmental high standards for excellent client service, effective use of resources, workplace safety, professional development, personal accountability, and continuous improvement.
Under guidance and direction from Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and/or Alternate RSO, implements EH&S programs and policies, and contributes to development of programs, systems and procedures in radiation safety and laser safety.
Oversee the External Dosimetry Program to assure that external dosimetry is issued on the campus as per the Radiation Safety Manual and EH&S procedures. Assure that EHS procedures documenting this program are maintained current and accurate. Technically evaluate dosimetry results and assess corresponding radiation user work. Implement an environmental dosimetry program to assure that public doses are maintained ALARA and within legal regulations. Counsel pregnant workers in the prenatal policy and regulations on work with radioactive materials and radiation. Negotiate the contract with the dosimetry vendor as needed. Serve as the backup program lead on the Internal Dosimetry Program.
Oversee the Decommissioning & Decontamination (D&D) activities. Coordinate D&D projects in compliance with the Radiation Safety Manual and EH&S procedures. Assure that the procedures for this program are maintained current and accurate. Apply the Multi-Agency Radiological Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM) standards for campus D&D projects, as appropriate.
Conducts inspections of laboratories/facilities to ensure compliance with the Radiation Safety Manual and Laser Safety Manuals and EH&S procedures. Meet with Principal Investigators (PIs) to perform renewals of RUAs or LUA annually. Prepare reports documenting the results of inspection findings and communicate those findings to the PI and laboratory staff. Recommend to the RSO escalation actions when non-compliance issues are repeatedly found or in the case of serious violations.
Provide radiation safety training to custodial and trades staff, police, fire and emergency personnel, and students and staff as needed. Serve as the backup radiation safety training program lead.
Applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards with minor refinements to procedure(s) as applicable. Maintains and applies working knowledge of technical aspects of various regulatory requirements and the impact to the operating unit. **See Governing Laws and Regulations.
Staff development: Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.
At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), serve in a designate role within the EH&S Emergency Support Function and be on call to the campus Emergency Operations Center in a campus designated disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release. Provide appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.
Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to:
Provide health physics support to other UC campuses as requested such as laboratory or x-ray inspections, laser safety inspections, safety training, etc.
Provide miscellaneous health physics technical support as requested to support the radiation safety and laser safety programs.
Drives university vehicles to fulfill job requirements.
May supervise student assistants.
A minimum of two years of experience in a radiation safety program.
Experience using a database to manage radiation safety program inventory, authorizations, and personnel.
Demonstrated experience coordinating an external dosimetry program, using a NVLAP accredited vendor.
Solid, comprehensive working knowledge/understanding of a specific EH&S field including related laws and regulations, and general understanding of all EH&S fields.
Solid organizational skills to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple projects.
Good written, verbal, and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
Skill in the appropriate use of technology, and relevant scientific equipment as required.
Bachelor's degree in a related technical area, and/or equivalent experience/training.
Governing Laws, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: Incumbent's responsibilities are guided by a significant number of federal, state, and local laws and regulations: Title 17 CCR, Chapter 5, Subchapter 4, Radiological Control; 10 CFR 20, (Standard for protection against ionizing radiation), 19 (Notices, instruction, and reports to workers), 34 (Licenses for Industrial radiography & radiation safety requirements), 36 (Licenses and safety requirements for irradiators), and 71 (Packaging and transportation of radioactive material); DOT Importation and Shipping Regulations; IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations; Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations (49 CFR 171-180). Incumbent's responsibilities are also guided by campus policies and procedures, which include (but are not limited to) Campus Radioactive Materials License, Campus Radiation Safety Manual.
Demonstrated experience in developing historical use assessments for D&D work.
Previous experience with the Multi-Agency Radiological Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM) standards in a technical or applied manner.
Experience inspecting diagnostic x-ray units.
Formal training for D&D work, including MARSSIM guidance.
Formal training for laser safety.
Comprehensive certification by the American Board of Health Physics (CHP)
Certification as National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT)
Salary & Benefits
This is a non-exempt, biweekly paid position. Hourly pay range of the position is $29.12 - $42.39, commensurate with experience.
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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