Radiological Training Information
Which Level of Training is Right for You?
The level of training you need is generally based on the need for access to certain locations at Jefferson Lab.
A qualification called "General Employee Radiological Knowledge" is required for employees, subcontractors, guests, users, and others who may need routine unescorted access to the accelerator site. The minimum training for awarding this qualification is General Employee Radiological Training (GERT). All Jefferson Lab employees are encouraged to take GERT.
Radiation Worker I
Radiation Worker I (RW-I) qualification is required for personnel whose
activities require them to routinely enter Radiologically Controlled
(RCAs). Group Leaders and
supervisors please note: You should NOT require
people in your group to obtain RW-I qualification simply because they
"might" have to enter an RCA.
You should make this a requirement only for people who are likely to
need access to these areas on a routine basis. In other words,
the determination should be made on the basis of
individual need. You should avoid
establishing group policies requiring RW-I training, unless it is clear
all personnel in the group require this qualification. These
policies are generally not consistent
with the ALARA approach. If an
individual who is not RW-I qualified needs access to an RCA on an
basis, the best approach is to use the "escorted visitor" method. This
approach makes the best use of Jefferson
Lab’s resources by preventing the unnecessary cost of procuring,
tracking, and handling of dosimetry devices, and generating and
radiation exposure records.
Radiation Worker II
whose work may involve entry into Contamination Areas need the
Worker-II qualification. You must get the
RW-I qualification before signing up to take the RW-II class.
All qualifications expire on the calendar date, two years from the date of the last training completion. The maximum allowable extension of your qualification is 30 days, at your supervisor's request. If you are a Radiation Worker, possession of a dosimeter does not authorize you to enter RCAs once your training has expired. Reminders of upcoming training expiration are provided if the training is a part of your required qualifications. However, the responsibility for maintaining training qualification rests with the employee and his/her supervisor. If you are a Radiation Worker and your training expires, the following things will occur:
- Your authorization to enter RCAs is immediately revoked.
- Your dosimeter will be pulled, and will not be reissued unless your supervisor requests an administrative extension of your training.