RADIATION SAFETY TRAINING
A thorough radiation protection training program should be established at plutonium
facilities. Separate training programs should be established for general employees, radiation
workers, and RCTs. The training of all staff members should be carefully documented. The
DOE standard, Radiological Control, Ch. 1. (DOE, 2004), and DOE standardized training
programs (DOE, 1998b and DOE, 1998c) provide guidance on information to be presented
during the training programs.
835.901. Refresher training in the alternate year when retraining is not performed is
recommended. Individuals who work with plutonium should have special plutonium
facilities training, such as DOE HDBK-1145-2001 Radiological Safety Training for
Plutonium Facilities (DOE, 2001a) in addition to Radiological Worker Training,
Reaffirmed 2004, (DOE, 1998c).
Training requirements must ensure that personnel have the training to work safely in and
around radiological areas and to maintain their individual radiation exposure and the
radiation exposures of others ALARA.
Radiological Worker Training
Before working in plutonium operations, all radiological workers shall be trained
and qualified according to 10 CFR 835.902. A thorough radiation protection
training program should be established at plutonium facilities. Before beginning
plutonium training, each plutonium worker should receive Radiological Worker
The level of radiation worker training should be determined in accordance with the
standard, Radiological Control, Ch.1. Table 6.1 (DOE, 2004). All training should
be in accordance with Radiological Worker Training, Reaffirmed 2004, (DOE,
1998c) and implemented by the guidance of DOE G 441.1-12, Implementation
Guide. Radiation Safety Training (DOE, 1999g). All training dispositions and
records shall be documented in accordance with 10 CFR 835.704 (DOE, 1998a).
Radiological Control Technician Training
A thorough RCT training program should be established at plutonium facilities.
Before plutonium operations begin, a trained and qualified staff of RCTs should be
present. All RCT training should be accomplished in accordance with DOE
HDBK-1122-99, Radiological Control Technician Training, Reaffirmed 2004,
Training for Other Facility Personnel
Nonradiological workers in a plutonium facility should be given a general
orientation on the radiation safety concerns for working with plutonium, the
general protective measures used for work with plutonium, and the engineered
safety features of the facility.