Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Training Course
Course Duration: 2 days (16 hours)
$550 per trainee – Fee includes text book
This course is designed to provide basic
training in radiation principles, radiation protection/safety, and regulatory
requirements to persons assigned radiation safety officer (RSO) duties. It can also provide for refresher training
for those that have already attended a more comprehensive course. The course is organized in a manner that
assures that any person who manages a radiation safety program, or assists in
such management, will acquire the skills necessary to meet regulatory
requirements for radiation use and control procedures conducted by the licensee/registrant.
Specific medical uses (diagnostic and
therapeutic) are not included; however, training in the common radiation safety
procedures and requirements will greatly benefit persons involved in those functions. A person successfully passing this course
will be well equipped to manage a radiation safety program in virtually any
type of radiation source use. The course
DOES NOT train individuals in the principles/methods of use of all types of
radiation equipment, although many of
the various uses will be discussed. This
course is a very comprehensive and condensed format and may exceed the 16 hours
in any given session. Further, the
course is more oriented to meeting regulatory requirements than it is to health
The course relies primarily on the use of
visual media (primarily 353 PowerPoint slides) and a text book, “Radiation
Safety Procedures and Training for the Radiation Safety Officer”, by John R
Haygood, 266 pages in length, to present radiation principles, safety and
regulatory requirements to the trainee.
The cost of the book is included in the fee. Radiation survey instrument operation will be
shown using a basic GM instrument (Ludlum 14C) and exempt radiation
sources. The training manual provides
drawings, illustrations, and tables of information, as well as detailed
descriptions of regulatory requirements. The course does not teach the student
how to operate equipment involving radiation sources.
The training outline was prepared by
consolidating all of the TAC (TRCR) required subject areas for radiation safety
officer, industrial radiography, well-logging, and naturally occurring
Exam - A 50 question exam, using primarily
multiple choice questions with 3 - 5 possible answers (3 T/F, 1 essay), will be given to each trainee. Two (2) points will be deducted for each
incorrect response. A minimum score of
70 is required to pass the course.
Certification of HAZMAT training will be
provided to meet US DOT requirements.