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 Senior Health Physics Consultant at Talisman, 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 Director of Radiological Safety Programs at CB&I managing radiological controls and program development in support of environmental remediation efforts including Navy Base Realignment and Closure activities. Ms. Donahue was the Operational Health Physics Manager and Radiological Control Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California from 1994 to 2008 responsible for site-wide radiological protection activities. She has served as a DOE lead auditor for nuclear facility readiness reviews and provided technical support to radiological safety programs at Argonne National Laboratory and Nevada National Security Site. Prior to work with DOE national laboratories, she was a 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 with Bechtel National, Inc. in San Francisco and Pacific Gas & Electric where she provided health physics support during the first outage at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power.

christine a. donahue
Frazier J

JOHN R. FRAZIER

Frazier J

is an independent, health physics consultant with over 35 y of professional experience in a wide range of radiation protection areas. His areas of expertise include external and internal radiation dosimetry, environmental dose assessment, radiation risk assessment, radiation spectroscopy, health physics training, radiation detection and measurement, and radiological site characterization. Dr. Frazier earned a BA in Physics from Berea College, an MS in Physics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a PhD in Physics (with health physics emphasis) from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His dissertation research was performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the study of interactions of low-energy electrons with large molecules. He completed Comprehensive Certification in health physics from the American Board of Health Physics in 1981 and has been recertified through 2013.

Dr. Frazier is a past-president of the American Academy of Health Physics and a fellow and past-president of the Health Physics Society. He is serving in his second term as an elected member of NCRP and has served on Scientific Committees 46 and 2-1 and on Program Area Committee 2 for the past 7 y. Dr. Frazier was awarded the 1988 Elda E. Anderson of the Health Physics Society and presented the 2007 John C. Villforth Lecture to the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors. He has served as an advisor to numerous federal agencies on a wide range of health physics and radiation protection topics from operational health physics program design to environmental radiation dose and risk assessments. Dr. Frazier has also served as a consultant to private companies and individuals on numerous health physics issues.

john r. frazier

ERIC M. GOLDIN

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is radiation safety specialist with 35 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 (HPS), served on the Board of Directors, several committees and sections, 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 the University of California (UC), Irvine Health. Prior to joining the UC Irvine 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 currently serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Radiation Advisory Committee, which advises the Scientific Advisory Board on matters of radiation protection, radiation science, and radiation science applications. She served as Chair of the Organization of Agreement States (2005 to 2006), as President of the Health Physics Society (2014 to 2015), and as a committee member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Lessons Learned from Fukushima (2012 to 2016).

Ms. Hamrick received a BS and MS in physics from UC Irvine, 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

is the Director, Radiation Protection for Exelon Nuclear. In his current role he is responsible to develop the governance and provide oversight of the radiation protection programs for the largest operator of nuclear power plants in the United States. He has over 35 y of broad-based experience in commercial nuclear power plants, which includes over 25 y in supervisory and management positions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in radiation protection and a master degree in business administration. He is a Certified Health Physicist and a registered radiation protection Technologist and holds a senior reactor operator certification. He continues to serve several industry committees which includes the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Low Dose Research, the EPRI Technical Advisory Committee, and the World Nuclear Association Radiation Protection Working Group.

Willie O. Harris
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Michael L. Littleton

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is currently 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 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

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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.

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 1988. He served as chairman of PAC 2 from 2006 to 2013. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Livermore, California and have a daughter Anne and a son Steve.

david s. myers
Poston J

JOHN W. POSTON

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is a Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Associate Director of the Nuclear Power Institute. He has been 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. Currently, he serves as the NCRP Vice President for Program Area Committee 3, Nuclear and Radiological Security and Safety.

john w. poston
Scroggs

DEBRA M. SCROGGS

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is Manager of Environmental Radiation Monitoring and Assessment at the Department of Health, Olympia, Washington. She received a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Radiological Sciences from the University of Washington. She is certified by the American Board of Health Physics. Her interests include policy and government relations and homeland security. She is a member and past chair of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors and received their James Miller Award. She is also a member of the Health Physics Society and has served on several committees.

debra m. scroggs
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Kathleen L. Shingleton

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is retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she was employed for more than 38 y in a variety of positions in the Radiation Safety Program. Throughout her career she was involved with the Health Physics Society (HPS), serving as Treasurer, a Director, and Venues Committee Chair; the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP), serving as the President and Secretary; the American Board of Health Physics, serving on both the Part I and Part II exam panels; and the Northern California Chapter of the HPS where she held numerous positions. In 2007 she was selected as a Fellow of HPS. In 2017 she became a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and currently serves on the Finance Committee and Program Area Committee 2. She has a BS degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Master’s Degree in Health Physics from San Jose State University, and is comprehensively Certified by the ABHP.

Kathleen L. Shingleton
Glenn M. Sturchio

Glenn M. Sturchio

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Dr. Sturchio is the Radiation Safety Officer for the Mayo Clinic facilities in Jacksonville, Florida and Rochester, Minnesota supporting the use of radiation sources in the clinical, research and education areas. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor of Physiology in the Mayo College of Medicine; his teaching duties include two courses in the Graduate School and a course in the School of Health Sciences.

Dr. Sturchio is the Section Manager, Medical and Operational Health Physics on the ANSI N13 committee that develops American National Standards Institute / Health Physics Society standards. Dr. Sturchio 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 AECOM 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.

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 the current 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 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 (EEOICPA) dose reconstruction project, providing technical direction and oversight of internal dosimetry issues. She is also an instructor for the MJW Occupational Internal Dosimetry course. Ms. Brackett has served as a member of several internal dosimetry committees, including the Health Physics Society Working Groups for the development of American National Standards: ANSI/HPS N13.25, Internal Dosimetry Standards for Plutonium, ANSI N13.42, Internal Dosimetry for Mixed Fission and Activation Products, and ANSI/HPS N13.39, Internal Dosimetry Programs, which she also chaired for several years. In addition, she was a member of the U.S. Department of Energy Expert Group on Internal Dosimetry and has served as Section Leader for the ASTM E10.04 Internal Dosimetry Section and Manager of Accredited Standards Committee N13, Radiation Protection, Internal Dosimetry Section.

Elizabeth M. Brackett , Technical Advisor

Frazier Bronson

has a BS in Nuclear Engineering and an MS in Radiological Health. His first job was 54 y ago at the Armed Forces Radiological Research Institute, as the head of the Health Physics Laboratory. They have a wide variety of extreme radiation sources all designed to make life challenging for poor unsuspecting rats monkeys pigs, and the occasional falcon. 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 and he has been there in a research and development role for the past 30+ y, where 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 is Certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Health Physics by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP), and was previously Chairman of the 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.

He holds six patents, including one on the ISOCS mathematical efficiency calibration method, and another on the ISOCS Probabilistic Uncertainty Analysis method.

He has an attraction to radiation accidents. He arrived at Three Mile Island 2 d after the accident, leaving 30 d later, and then managed RMC’s onsite measurement laboratory. For Canberra, he was involved in their post-Chernobyl response. And for the 5 y after the Fukushima accident, Canberra’s response to the accident was his primary activity, with 35 trips to Japan. For Japan, he designed mobile WBCs, generic food counters, automatic rice and persimmon counters, baby counters, feed roll counters, truck counters, and contaminated soil assay systems.

Since the Mirion purchase of Canberra, he is focused on exploring technologies for new products and new measurement solutions, and opportunities to deploy them. Current projects include CZT detectors, continuous repeating gamma spectroscopy, and strontium iodide scintillation detectors.

Frazier Bronson , Technical Advisor
Cossairt J

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 has led Fermilab's radiation protection program since 1989. 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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