RADIATION SAFETY TRAINING
Radiation Safety Training is mandated by 10 CFR 30.33(a)(3) regulations to ensure your radiation safety program is regulatory compliant.
Our RSO courses provide the necessary training to run a radiation safety program covering the RSO duties and responsibilities, radiation fundamentals, dose calculations, regulations, handling/storage and security of radioactive materials, emergency actions, disposal, and more. We also offer other related radiation safety courses for Authorized Users, Hazmat, and more; see all courses down below.
We are proud of our high student pass rate resulting from our expertise and ability in simplifying complex technical and regulatory subjects. Our courses deliver text-book materials combined with practicals to deepen the learning experience. Graduates leave with the necessary resources, knowledge, and confidence to conduct a safe and regulatory-compliant radiation safety program.
CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO LEARN
We offer up to three different ways to take each of our courses.
Choose the one that best fits your needs.
Log into our online cloud-based eLearn courses and learn at your own pace when and where you can fit into your schedule. These video-based courses deliver high-quality content with the added benefit of being able to review any part(s) as often as you like. Watch this short video about our eLearn courses.
Go online and log into one of our pre-scheduled monthly, live webinars to join our expert as he delivers the course and answers any questions that arise. For those who prefer live interaction with the instructor and also listening in to other student’s questions, this is the course for you. See our 2023 schedule.
If your site has several students, or if you have unique requirements such as teaching across different work shifts, or combining training with our other onsite services, then having our instructor travel directly to your site may be the best solution. Contact us to schedule a visit to your site.
RADIATION SAFETY COURSES
Radiation Safety Officer
Fixed Nuclear Gauges
This 16 hour course is for initial and refresher RSO training where fixed nuclear gauges are employed. Trainees are taught the hazards associated with radioactive materials and become familiar with all the regulations. The course includes basic radiation safety, dose calculations, radiation protection program elements, regulatory inspections, licensing, emergency actions, radioactive material accountability, leak testing, maintenance, transportation, waste management, and the duties & responsibilities of an RSO. Learn More…
Radiation Safety Officer
Portable Nuclear Gauges
Students seeking to receive initial or refresher certification as an RSO will receive 16 hours of training covering radiation protection programs, licensing, material accountability, safe and proper operation of gauges, security during use, transportation and storage, steps to keeping radiation exposures ALARA, occupational & public dose, dosimetry, handling of incidents, leak testing, maintenance, the transfer and disposing of gauges, audits, user training, and more. This course meets all criteria in NUREG 1556 Vol 1 Appendix C.
Radiation Safety Officer
Fixed & Portable Nuclear Gauges
This 18 hour course is for initial and refresher RSO training where both fixed & portable nuclear gauges are employed. Trainees are taught the hazards associated with radioactive materials and become familiar with all the regulations. The course includes basic radiation safety, dose calculations, radiation protection program elements, regulatory inspections, licensing, emergency actions, radioactive material accountability, leak testing, maintenance, transportation, waste management, and the duties & responsibilities of an RSO. Learn more…
Radiation Safety Officer
Well Logging Supervisors over this 16 hour course are taught the hazards associated with radioactive materials and how to run a safe and compliant radiation safety program. The course includes Fundamentals of Radiation Safety, Radiation Detection Instruments, Equipment Handling, Storage, Control, Inspection & Maintenance, Operating & Emergency Procedures, Audits, Licensed Material Disposal, RSO Duties & Responsibilities, and Documentation & Reporting.
Class 7 Hazmat
Shipping & Transport
This Class 7 Radioactive Hazmat Shipping training course is approximately 5 hours and covers packaging, shipping, and transport of radioactive materials to DOT, NRC, and IATA criteria. This self-paced, Online eLearn Course fulfills regulatory criteria for both initial training as well as recurrent training every 3 years for ground shipping or every two years for air shipments.
This 4 hour course by Radiation Solutions, Inc. fulfills the need for learning the rudimentary principles of radiation and how to be safe when in proximity of radioactive devices. The course is geared to high school graduates and above so difficult nuclear physics and complex equations are avoided. The course will help students to better understand what radiation is, and how to remain safe through the use of ALARA principles.
Fixed Nuclear Gauges
This 8 hour course is for initial and refresher Authorized User training for safely working on and around fixed type of nuclear gauges. The course teaches basic radiation principles and radiation safety that include understanding time, distance, and shielding, radiation exposure vs. contamination, allowable doses, dosimetry, and internal vs. external dose.
Emphasis is also given to gauge theory, routine maintenance functions permitted, operating and emergency procedures, and security during operations, transportation, and storage.
Portable Nuclear Gauges
This 8 hour course for Portable Nuclear Gauge Authorized Users teaches the hazards associated with radioactive materials and how to maintain radiation safety at all times. The course covers Fundamentals of Radiation Safety, Equipment Handling, Transport, Storage, Control, Inspection & Maintenance, Operating & Emergency Procedures, and more.
This 8 hour course for Well Logging Authorized Users teaches the hazards associated with radioactive materials and how to maintain radiation safety at all times. The course covers Fundamentals of Radiation Safety, Radiation Detection Instruments, Equipment Handling, Storage, Control, Inspection & Maintenance, Operating & Emergency Procedures, and more.
Experienced Radiation Safety Experts
Radiation Solutions’ trainers are highly qualified experts with many years of experience working in the field. Their real-life experience enables them to better relate regulations and complex radiation safety principles and practices to the students. Our friendly and relaxed teaching style also helps newcomers to “radiation” to better comprehend and absorb the subject matter so they can pass their exams and respect their important roles.
Radiation is considered by many to be an extremely complex subject, but our courses simplify it so it can be easily understood. Complex physics and math are avoided so anyone with at least a high school degree will have no problem in understanding how to be safe anytime they are around these nuclear materials.
Student High Success Rate
Radiation Solutions is proud of our very high success rate in completions. Course materials are well laid out and are often accompanied by real-life examples or practicals so students can easily relate and retain what they are being taught.
Trainees do not require a college degree or prior radiation training to take these radiation safety courses. All of our radiation safety courses are only available in the English language so all participants must be conversant in this language. Most successful trainees have a high school or better education.
As the field of radiation physics, dosimetry, etc., is a very complicated subject, many worry that these courses may be too overly complicated for them. Regulators understood correctly that use of pre-engineered nuclear gauges and irradiators only required a basic understanding and respect for the basic radiation principles and how to safely use these devices. Regulations are therefore written around this fundamental understanding in order to maximize their beneficial use. All complex math equations and subject matter that would require college or advanced degrees are completely avoided. Radiation Solutions has successfully constructed its courses so everyone can easily grasp the subject matter. We are especially proud of the fact that we have a very high percentage of students passing our courses.
A popular question is whether or not a test is given. The answer is yes; to receive a certificate from Radiation Solutions, the trainee must pass a final written exam with an 80% or better grade. The exam is open book, so all materials are available to students who need to quickly check their answers, look up a specific regulation, or review their notes, etc. All exams are retrieved and scored immediately following the conclusion of the course. Those passing, receive a signed certificate. Radiation Solutions keeps copies of the certificates on its cloud-backed company server so it can be retrieved later if needed.
There is no specific time frame specified for refresher radiation safety training training; however, the shipping authorization of radioactive materials does have time limits. As radioactive shipper training is included in the base Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and Authorized User (AU) training and certification provided by Radiation Solutions, they require updating periodically. Refresher training is required every three years for US DOT ground type shipping and every two years for IATA air shipments. Radiation Solutions offers HazMat Shipper Refresher courses to re-certify shipper requirements.
Many believe that there is a 40 hour long course requirement. This is simply not true for RSO certification for Fixed and Portable Nuclear Gauges. These courses meet all the training criteria of NUREG 1556 Vol 1 Appendix C (portable gauges) and NUREG 1556 Vol 4, Appendix D (fixed gauges). Neither of these guides nor the regulations upon which they are based require 40 hours of training for these two specific gauge types.
The 40 hour requirement is; however, very true for other types of nuclear devices, products, or services that are higher risk such as in medicine, research, and food/medical supply irradiation etc. These are identified in the other volumes of NUREG 1556.
Never-the-less, Radiation Solutions recognizes there are those who do wish to receive more thorough training so that when they take on the RSO role they are very well prepared and confident when working around radioactive devices. We have therefore created a 40 hour Comprehensive RSO training course that covers all the same material given in our two day courses plus many extra practicals designed to familiarize students with real radioactive sources, radiation meters, and several types of gauges. See our Comprehensive RSO Training Course for more info.
None of the courses at the present time are accredited for CEU.
There are at least 15 different RSO classifications, each with unique training criteria to address the type of nuclear devices and processes. It is therefore necessary for you to know beforehand which License Type you fall under before enrolling in a training program to ensure it qualifies.
The training offered by Radiation Solutions is for Fixed Gauges & Well Logging Industries. To better understand this RSO classification or if you are uncertain which classification you fall under, you can view a complete table with all 15 types here.
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