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Medical Health Physics Special

Department Description: The Radiation Safety Office's function is to do the day-to-day work of the Radiation Safety Committee to ensure the safe and compliant use of radiation sources (radioactive materials, X-rays, radiation generating machines and lasers).

The mission of the Radiation Safety Committee and the Radiation Safety Office is to serve the BIDMC community by providing patients, staff and employees with a radiation safety program of the highest quality in both human and scientific terms.

To do this we ensure:
The safety standards are high and clearly delineated as defined by national standards and the Radiation Safety Committee;
Exposures are ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable);
Compliance with all Federal, State and local radiation regulations;
Enforcement actions are conducted equitably and respectfully;

The Radiation Safety Office (RSO) is comprised of the Radiation Safety Officer and a staff of Medical Health Physicists of diverse backgrounds who provide technical services in the clinical and research use of radiation sources.
The RSO derives its authority from the Medical Executive Committee. The Radiation Safety Officer is the authorized representative of the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) regarding measures to implement radiation protection and control at the Medical Center. The Radiation Safety Officer conducts the daily business of the Radiation Safety Committee through management of the Radiation Safety Office. The Radiation Safety Officer has the authority to stop all operations with radioactive materials where a hazard or violation exists. Resumption of operations may take place only upon authorization from the RSC.

Job Location: Boston, MA

Req ID: 31238BR

Job Summary: Assists the Radiation Safety Office staff in providing an effective broad scope radiation safety service to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's clinical, research and ancillary staff for all uses of radioactive materials and radiation generating equipment. Conducts qualitative and quantitative measurements, analyzes data and generates reports to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements; and responds to emergencies as needed.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Perform and/or oversee routine surveys of all areas using radioactive materials at specified intervals. Document results, initiate corrective action in conjunction with supervisor as needed. Oversight of survey instrument calibration, quality assurance, and simple repairs.
  2. Assist in training all radioactive material and irradiator users in radiation safety to standards set by state license conditions and Radiation Safety Committee regulations. Provide appropriate training to ancillary personnel. Respond to routine individual safety questions or triage question to supervisor. Participate on ongoing continuing education.
  3. Ensure that researchers are approved to use radioactive material before placing orders and/or written directives received. Place radioactive material orders for researchers. Ship, package and receive radioactive packages in accordance with federal and state regulations. Confirm that packages are surveyed on receipt as required in state licenses/federal regulations.
  4. Perform routine packaging and/or disposal of all radioactive waste materials. Prepare shipping papers and documentation to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations and requirements of several hazardous waste disposal sites involved. Provide annual reports as needed. Provide oversight of all radioactive waste areas.
  5. Respond to emergencies such as contaminated personnel or a spill immediately when paged. Request back up assistance from colleagues when necessary for both coverage and technical advisement purposes. Be knowledgeable of Divisional and Medical Center policy for such response. Participate in emergency response training as requested by BIDMC Emergency Management Committee.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree required in Science field preferably health physics.
  2. 0-1 years related work experience required.
  3. Must pass investigative background check satisfactory to department, Medical Center, State and Federal regulatory policies and standards.
  4. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Experience working in radiation safety program with research laboratories using radioactive materials is a plus.
  1. Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  2. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  3. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
  4. Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  5. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.

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