Training for Industrial Radiographers

At least 80 hours must be devoted to initial training before appointment of responsibility as a radiographer. Upon completion of initial training, trainees must be required to pass an examination. Initial training must cover the following radiation protection topics:

  1. Fundamentals of radiation physics
  2. Radiation quantities and units
  3. Fundamentals of radiation biology
  4. Chronic and acute effects of radiation
  5. Dose limits for radiation workers
  6. Role of time, distance, and shielding in radiation protection
  7. Survey meters and personal monitoring devices, instrument calibration, leak tests
  8. Types of emergencies
    1. personnel overexposure
    2. equipment malfunction
    3. lost sources
    4. exposures of non-radiography personnel and the public
  9. Emergency plans and responses, follow-up
  10. Case histories: Accidents in industrial radiography
  11. Laboratory exercises

Before given independent responsibilities as a radiographer, on-the-job training must be completed. On-the-job training must cover, with special attention to emergency procedures:

  1. Operation of radiography equipment
  2. Operation of safety/monitoring equipment
  3. Area layout and postings
  4. Radiation protection record keeping
  5. Personnel dose records
  6. Receiving/shipping records
  7. Inventory
  8. Decay curves
  9. Source utilization log
  10. Leak test records
  11. Source disposal records
  12. Survey meter calibrations
  13. Area layout
  14. Emergency procedures
    1. equipment malfunctions
    2. lost or damaged source
    3. overexposures

Refresher training must be given on a semi-annual basis and after changes in equipment, procedures, or regulations.