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PDFWAC 246-243-047

Radiation safety officer for industrial radiography.

The radiation safety officer (RSO) shall ensure that radiation safety activities are being performed in accordance with approved procedures and regulatory requirements in the daily operation of the licensee's program.
(1) The minimum qualifications, training, and experience for RSOs for industrial radiography are as follows:
(a) Completion of the training and testing requirements of WAC 246-243-130(1);
(b) Two thousand hours of hands-on experience as a qualified radiographer in industrial radiographic operations utilizing sealed radioactive material; and
(c) Formal training in the establishment and maintenance of a radiation protection program.
(2) The department will consider alternatives when the RSO has appropriate training or experience in the field of ionizing radiation, and in addition, has adequate formal training with respect to the establishment and maintenance of a radiation safety protection program.
(3) The specific duties and authorities of the RSO include, but are not limited to:
(a) Establishing and overseeing all operating, emergency, and ALARA procedures as required by chapter 246-221 WAC, and reviewing them regularly to ensure that the procedures in use conform to current chapter 246-221 WAC requirements, conform to other department regulations and to the license conditions;
(b) Overseeing and approving all phases of the training program for radiographic personnel, ensuring that appropriate and effective radiation protection practices are taught;
(c) Ensuring that required radiation surveys and leak tests are performed and documented in accordance with the regulations, including any corrective measures when levels of radiation exceed established limits;
(d) Ensuring that personnel monitoring devices are calibrated and used properly by occupationally exposed personnel, that records are kept of the monitoring results, and that timely notifications are made as required by WAC 246-221-260; and
(e) Ensuring that operations are conducted safely and to assume control for instituting corrective actions including stopping of operations when necessary.
(4) The licensee will have until January 1, 2001, to meet the requirements of subsection (1) or (2) of this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.98.050 and 70.98.110. WSR 16-13-054, § 246-243-047, filed 6/10/16, effective 7/11/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.98.050. WSR 00-08-013, § 246-243-047, filed 3/24/00, effective 4/24/00.]
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