NCRP

SC 2-8: Operational Radiation Safety Program — Revision to Report No. 127 (1998)

Description

SC 2-8 will prepare an update to NCRP Report No. 127, Operational Radiation Safety Program (1998). Report No. 127 covers guidance for implementing an operational radiation safety program in a variety of occupational settings. This has been an important and popular report, but with the release of NCRP Report No. 180, Management of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Radiation Protection Guidance for the United States (2018), the contents of Report No. 127 require updating and revising. Hence, SC 2-8 will prepare a comprehensive update to the information provided in Report No. 127 and will cover the implementation of the guidance contained in Report No. 180 in occupational settings. The report also will include expanded guidance for implementation in operational settings not currently covered and will address the changes to regulatory authority that have occurred since Report No. 127 was published, e.g., U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulation of accelerator-produced radioactive material. Expanded and new topics include medical health physics, radiation-generating devices, radioactive material security, and personal dosimetry. This report will be of interest to a wide variety of institutions and individuals who must establish and maintain radiation safety programs, as well as to regulatory authorities (e.g., NRC, U.S. Department of Energy).

Goal

To prepare a revision/update to NCRP Report No. 127, Operational Radiation Safety Program (1998), that will:

  • align the report with NCRP Report No. 180, Management of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Radiation Protection Guidance for the United States (2018);
  • incorporate material and references to relevant NCRP reports published after 1998; and
  • cover topics of operational radiation safety practice that were not addressed in the existing reports.

Scheduled Activities

Next meeting March 2020

Support

Health Physics Society

Membership

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KATHRYN H. PRYOR

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has been a member of Program Area Committee (PAC) 2 since 2007 and a member of NCRP since 2010. She has served on Scientific Committees 2-4, 2-5, 2-7, 1-19, and 6-9. Ms. Pryor is currently on the NCRP Board of Directors and is Scientific Vice President of PAC 2. She received her BS in Biology in 1979 and MS in Radiological Sciences in 1981, both from the University of Washington.

Ms. Pryor was the Chief Health Physicist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, providing management and technical support to the PNNL Radiation Protection Division since 1992. She also served as the Chief Radiological Engineer for the design of the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Project. Ms. Pryor previously held radiation protection technical support positions at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the Trojan Nuclear Plant, and was the Radiation Safety Officer at the University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus.

Ms. Pryor is a Fellow member of the Health Physics Society (HPS) and served as President-Elect, President, and Past President from 2010 to 2013. She is certified in comprehensive practice by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP), and served on the ABHP both as a member and Chair from 1998 to 2002. She is currently the President of the American Academy of Health Physics. Ms. Pryor was awarded the William McAdams Outstanding Service Award by ABHP in 2007 and the John P. Corley Meritorious Service Award by the Columbia Chapter of HPS in 2003.

kathryn h. pryor , Vice President
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Edgar D. Bailey

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is a private independent consultant specializing in radiation and nuclear safety and security. He has more than 40 y of radiation safety experience, including 17 y as the Branch Chief of the California Radiologic Health Branch. In this position Mr. Bailey was responsible for the management of the State of California's radiation protection program, including the Agreement State Program for the licensing, inspection, and enforcement of the California laws and regulations for the possession, use, and disposal of radioactive materials. He also had California regulatory responsibility for the registration, inspection, and enforcement programs for x-ray machines and accelerators and the testing and state certification programs for doctors and technologists supervising and using these machines and for nuclear medicine technologists.

Prior to his work with the California Radiologic Health Branch, Mr. Bailey worked for 19 y for the Texas Bureau of Radiation Control, where he held positions as the Director of the Division of Licensing, Registration, and Standards, as the Director of Inspections and Enforcement, and as a Radioactive Materials License Reviewer.

Mr. Bailey earned an MS in Environmental Health Engineering and a BES (Nuclear Power Option) both from the University of Texas.

edgar d. bailey
DONAHUE

CHRISTINE A. DONAHUE

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Christine A. Donahue was elected to NCRP in 2009 and has served on the Scientific Committees 1-18 and 1-19. She is certified in comprehensive practice by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP), and has served on the ABHP exam development panel and as Chairperson of the Professional Development Committee. Ms. Donahue received a BS in Biophysics from University of California, Berkeley in 1981, Nuclear Engineering MS program at University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 1982, and MS in Radiological Engineering from California State University, San Jose in 1987.

Ms. Donahue is currently a senior health physics consultant supporting decommissioning and remediation of commercial nuclear power, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research facilities and former Naval sites. Previously she was Director of Radiological Safety Programs at CB&I managing radiological controls and program development. Ms. Donahue served as the Operational Health Physics manager and Radiological Control Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1994 to 2008 responsible for site-wide radiological protection activities. She has served as a DOE lead auditor and NQA1 auditor for nuclear facility readiness reviews and provided technical support to programs at Argonne National Laboratory and Nevada National Security site. Prior to work at the DOE laboratories, she was senior health physicist at Stanford University and served as the Radiation Safety Officer at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital from 1987 to 1991. Ms. Donahue began her career in 1982 as a nuclear engineer at Bechtel Engineering and Pacific Gas & Electric where she provided health physics support during first outage at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

christine a. donahue

ERIC M. GOLDIN

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is a radiation safety specialist with over 40 y of experience in power reactor health physics. He earned a BS in Nuclear Engineering from The University of Arizona and an MS in Nuclear Engineering/Health Physics from Texas A&M University. He completed a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston. Dr. Goldin has been a member of NCRP Program Area Committee 2 since 2004, participating in report writing for Scientific Committees 46-17, 2-4, 2-5, and 2-7. He is an active member of the Health Physics Society, served on the Board of Directors, several committees and sections, and held officer positions of Secretary and President, and on the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP).

Dr. Goldin has been certified by the ABHP since 1984 and was awarded HPS Fellow status in 2012. Dr. Goldin's radiological engineering experience includes ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) programs, instrumentation, radioactive waste management, emergency planning, dosimetry, decommissioning, licensing, effluents, and environmental monitoring. In addition, he taught graduate/upper division level courses in radiation biology, radiological assessment, and power reactor health physics at San Diego State University for over 20 y and assisted in the development and implementation of a Radiation Protection Technician training program at MiraCosta College. Dr. Goldin retired from Southern California Edison in 2012 and currently provides technical support and decommissioning planning to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

eric m. goldin

Barbara L. Hamrick

is the Radiation Safety Officer at University of California, Irvine (UCI), Health. Prior to joining the UCI Health team, Ms. Hamrick spent nearly 20 y as a health physicist in regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Los Angeles County Radiation Management, and the California Department of Public Health.

Ms. Hamrick is a current NCRP Council Member, beginning her first term in 2019, and serving on Program Area Committee 2 since 2017. She is a former member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Radiation Advisory Committee (2015 to 2021). She served as Chair of the Organization of Agreement States (2005 to 2006), and as President of the Health Physics Society (2014 to 2015). She has also served as a member of, and review coordinator for, several National Academy of Sciences committees from 2012 to the present.

Ms. Hamrick received a BS and MS in physics from UCI in 1985 and 1987, respectively. She earned a law degree in 1999 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is an active member of the California State Bar. In 2002, Ms. Hamrick was certified by the American Board of Health Physics.

Barbara L. Hamrick

Willie O. Harris

has over 42 y of experience in radiation protection at power reactors, which has included over 25 y in program management and oversight. Prior to retirement he was the corporate radiation protection manager of the largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the United States. He is currently Senior Director of Radiation Protection for CN Associates. In this role, he has written several technical reports for the Electric Power Research Institute, provides consulting services for several sites in decommissioning and operational radiation protection programs at nuclear power plants.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in radiation protection. He is a certified health physicist, a registered radiation protection technologist, and held a senior reactor operator certification.

Mr. Harris has served on the Council since 2017 and is a member Program Area Committee 2 and the budget committee. He has been a member of the Health Physics Society since 1990. He is currently the Secretary for the AAHP Executive committee.

Willie O. Harris

Michael Lewandowski

is the corporate Radiation Safety Officer and radiation protection team manager at 3M's global headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota. He has nearly three decades of experience as an operational health physicist, the vast majority of that with 3M. Mr. Lewandowski earned a BS in physics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls (1989) and an MS in health physics from Purdue University (1993). He was certified by the American Board of Health Physics in 1998.

Mr. Lewandowski has been a member of the Health Physics Society (HPS) since 1991, served as a Director and Treasurer, and currently serves as the Strategic Planning Advisor to the Board of Directors. In 2018, he was elected as a Fellow of HPS. Mr. Lewandowski served on NCRP's Scientific Committee 6-2 from 2005 to 2008.

Michael Lewandowski
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Michael L. Littleton

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is an independent consultant in radiation protection. He was the director of quality control, industrial safety, and radiological control at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facility. He has over 30 y of experience in applied radiation protection, radiological engineering, quality assurance, and safety at radiological facilities such as naval reactors, power reactors, and DOE facilities. Mr. Littleton is a certified health physicist from the American Board of Health Physics, a certified safety professional from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and a certified quality auditor from the American Society for Quality. He has a BS in physics and an MS in applied nuclear science both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Littleton is an active amateur astronomer fostering the wonders in the night sky in the public especially the young.

Michael L. Littleton
Myers

DAVID S. MYERS

Myers

received a BS in physics from Ripon College and an MPH in health physics from the University of Michigan under an AEC Fellowship. He was a health physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1965 to 2000 where he held various positions including Health Physics Group Leader and Radiation Safety Division Leader. Mr. Myers is a member and Fellow of the Health Physics Society and certified by the American Board of Health Physics. He has served on the American Board of Health Physics and as a director of the American Academy of Health Physics. He was elected as a Fellow of the HPS in 1990. David Myers served on the Council from 1996 to 2013 and has served on NCRP Scientific Committee 46 (now Program Area Committee 2) on operational health physics since 1985. He served as chairman of PAC 2 from 2006 to 2013.

david s. myers
Poston J

JOHN W. POSTON

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is a retired professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and a retired Associate Director of the Nuclear Power Institute. He was at Texas A&M University since 1985 and served for 10 y as the Department Head. Prior to coming to Texas A&M, he was on the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology and, earlier, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Babcock & Wilcox Company in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the Health Physics Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Distinguished Emeritus Member of NCRP.

john w. poston
Scroggs

DEBRA M. SCROGGS

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has been a member of NCRP since 2006 and served on the Board for 3 y. She has been a member of Program Area Committee 2 since 2017. Before that she served on Scientific Committees 2-2, 5-1 developing reports addressing response and recovery for major radiological incidents. Her career has spanned many areas first working at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory providing training in radiation safety to workers on the Hanford site. She then spent many years as Health Physicist (HP) at the University of Washington, the largest licensee in the State. She moved on to the State of Washington Office of Radiation Protection working as an HP for more than 20 y ultimately managing the Environmental Radiation Section which focuses on environmental radiation survey programs at major facilities including the Hanford Nuclear Site and the nuclear power plant. Over that time she also supported the State’s Homeland Security activities. Ms. Scroggs is a Fellow member of the Health Physics Society and served on the Board for 3 y. She is a life member of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors serving as Chair from 2004 to 2007 and was awarded their James W. Miller Award recognizing work in emergency response, environmental monitoring and radiological incidents. Ms. Scroggs holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in radiological sciences from the University of Washington. She is certified by the American Board of Health Physics.

debra m. scroggs
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Kathleen L. Shingleton

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has a BS degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master’s degree from San Jose State University. She has been comprehensively certified by the American Board of Health Physics since 1989.

Ms. Shingleton has been an NCRP Council member since 2017, having previously assisted in writing reports under Program Area Committees (PACs) 6 and 2. She is currently a member of PAC 2 and has been a member of the Budget and Finance Committee since 2018.

Ms. Shingleton retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2017, having served 38 y in a variety of roles in the Radiation Safety Program. During her career, Ms. Shingleton also served as secretary and president of the American Academy of Health Physics, as a member of the American Board of Health Physics Part I and II exam panels, and as treasurer and member-at-large for the Health Physics Society (HPS). In 2008 she named a Fellow of HPS.

Kathleen L. Shingleton
Glenn M. Sturchio

Glenn M. Sturchio

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is the Director of Health Physics for Mayo Clinic. He leads a team of health physicists that support the use of radiation sources in clinical, research and education domains at facilities in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science with teaching duties in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Health Sciences.

Dr. Sturchio has filled numerous roles within the Health Physics Society, the American Board of Health Physics, and NCRP. He received his PhD from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and is certified in the comprehensive practice of health physics by the American Board of Health Physics.

Glenn M. Sturchio
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Joshua Walkowicz

Walkowicz-J

has a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Health Physics from Texas A&M University. He worked at Purdue University as a Health Physicist and transitioned to Engelhardt and Associates, specializing in industrial radiation safety since 1998. He is a certified Health Physicist and has been a member of NCRP PAC 2 since 2008.

joshua walkowicz
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James S. Willison

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is a Consulting Engineer for the Technical Services group of Amentum in Aiken, South Carolina. He has over 30 y of experience in a broad range of staff and management assignments supporting the safe use of radiation and radioactive material. He has provided health physics and radiological engineering support to projects around the world, and has worked on projects for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, among others. He also served on the radiological engineering staff at the Trojan Nuclear Plant for 10 y. He is also qualified as a Criticality Safety Engineer.

Mr. Willison is a Registered Professional Engineer (Oregon, Tennessee) and is certified in comprehensive practice by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP), and served on the ABHP both as a member and Chair from 2002 to 2006. He has served a total of 12 y on both the Part 1 and Part 2 Panel of Examiners for the ABHP and was the Part 2 Panel Chair in 1999. Mr. Willison was awarded the William McAdams Outstanding Service Award by ABHP in 2008 and the National Service Award by the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society (HPS) and is a current member and past chair of the HPS History Committee.

Mr. Willison earned both a BS and MS in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University, receiving one of the inaugural fellowships from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.

James S. Willison
Yusko J

James G. Yusko

Yusko J

received a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MSc from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Certified Health Physicist and a former diplomate of the American Board of Radiology. He is now a consultant, having served most of his 40 y of professional practice with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he was Regional Manager of Radiation Protection, managing and running the program that included inspection and enforcement over facilities with radiation-generating machines and radioactive materials. His position also involved emergency planning and response, indoor radon, environmental monitoring, accident and incident investigation, and response to orphan radioactive materials and sources. He is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society (HPS), and has served on various HPS committees, as well as having held various offices of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter, HPS.

james g. yusko

Elizabeth M. Brackett

earned her BS in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and MS in Radiological Sciences and Protection from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has been a senior internal dosimetrist with the MJW Corporation, a radiological consulting firm, since 1997. She has provided technical guidance and assistance, primarily related to internal dosimetry matters, to a variety of facility types and is currently serving as the Principal Internal Dosimetrist for the contractor team on the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 dose reconstruction project, providing technical direction and oversight of internal dosimetry issues.

Ms. Brackett is a Certified Health Physicist and is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society (HPS). She has chaired several professional society committees and has served in a number of leadership positions, including director and secretary of, chair of the American Board of Health Physics Part 2 exam panel, and director and secretary of the American Academy of Health Physics. She has been a member of multiple working groups for the development of American National Standards.

Elizabeth M. Brackett , Technical Advisor

Frazier Bronson

has a BS in Nuclear Engineering and a MS in Radiological Health. He started his career in 1965 at the Armed Forces Radiological Research Institute, as the head of the Health Physics Laboratory. He then helped start up Radiation Management Corporation (RMC) in Philadelphia, where he built the first of many whole body counters, and created what eventually became the largest commercial radiation measurement laboratory in the United States at that time. Canberra purchased RMC, which was then purchased by Mirion Technologies, where he has been since in an research and development role. He is currently the Scientific Director. During that time he has been responsible for the creation and promotion of many applied health physics products, among them the FastScan WBC and ISOCS InSitu instrument and mathematic efficiency calibration software. He holds six patents, including one on the ISOCS mathematical efficiency calibration method, and another on the ISOCS Probabilistic Uncertainty Analysis method.

He is Certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Health Physics by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP), and has previously been Chairman of ABHP, President of the American Academy of Health Physics, and President of the Chicago and Philadelphia Chapters of the Health Physics Society (HPS). He is a Fellow of HPS, and a Director of the American Nuclear Society Decommissioning Section.

Frazier Bronson , Technical Advisor
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J. DONALD COSSAIRT

Cossairt J

is Scientist Emeritus at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois. He received a BA in physics and mathematics from Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis) (1970) and a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Indiana University Bloomington (1975). His career began with a postdoctoral appointment in nuclear physics research at the Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute. He began his transition to health physics with his move to Fermilab in 1978 and led Fermilab's radiation protection program from 1989 to 2020. He became certified by the American Board of Health Physics in 1982. He is a member of the American Physical Society, a Fellow Member of the Health Physics Society (HPS), and served as a Council Member of NCRP for 12 y before becoming a Distinguished Emeritus Member in 2007. His principal interests are in radiation physics and associated instrumentation at particle accelerators.

Along with Matthew Quinn, PhD, Dr. Cossairt in 2019 published a new textbook entitled Radiation Physics for Personnel and Environmental Protection. Dr. Cossairt has numerous publications in health physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics and has served on many review panels and has been a frequent lecturer at the academic sessions of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School. He was co-academic dean of the Professional Development School of the Health Physics Society in Oakland, California in 2008. He received a G. William Morgan Lectureship Award from HPS in 2011. He has contributed to several NCRP publications and commentaries, perhaps the most notable one being NCRP Report No. 144, Radiation Protection for Particle Accelerator Facilities (2003).

j. donald cossairt , Technical Advisor
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