Radiation Safety Training Course
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This course assumes some knowledge of basic science. After a brief introduction to radiation physics, this course covers the interaction of radiation with matter, biological effects and risks of radiation exposures, regulatory and administrative dose and exposure limits, personnel monitoring for radiation exposure, internal deposition and external exposure protection methods, radiation measurement and measuring equipment, radioactive waste and emergency procedures.
Radiation Safety Annual Refresher Training
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This training is required annually for all Principal Investigators, Authorized Users, Qualified Users and General Users of radioactive materials at the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. This training is in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450 - Chemical Hygiene Standard, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 10 CFR 19.12 - Instruction to Workers and provisions of the University of Virginia’s Radioactive Material License.
Radiation Safety Training for Epilepsy Unit Staff
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The radionuclide Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) is used as an imaging agent to allow physicians to assess brain activity during an epileptic seizure. Because the timing of the seizure is unpredictable, the nurses caring for the epileptic patient must be prepared to quickly and safely inject the drug during a seizure. This training is required for the nursing staff who will be injecting the dose. The training also includes instruction for ordering a patient dose (using EPIC), how the dose must be properly stored before injection, how to properly dispose of the dose after injection, radiation surveys that will be performed to ensure no contamination has occurred during injection and what actions to take if radioactive material is spilled.
Radiation Safety Guide Lecture for Patient Care Staff
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This training is mandatory for all individuals in the hospital who are issued a radiation dosimeter and work with or in the vicinity of radioactive material/patients or radiation producing equipment at the University of Virginia. This training includes the contents of the UVA Radiation Safety Guide. The Radiation Safety Guide provides information about basic policies and procedures in place at the University that ensure compliance with State and Federal license requirements. Material covered by this this guide includes: organizational structure, authorization policies, exposure  limits, proper use of dosimeters, receipt and transfer of radioactive material, basic radiation protection methods, use of radioactive material in humans, pregnancy policy and emergency procedures.
Radiation Safety Guide Lecture for Research Personnel
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This training is mandatory for all independent users of radioactive material and radiation producing equipment at the University of Virginia. This training includes the contents of the UVA Radiation Safety Guide. The Radiation Safety Guide provides information about basic policies and procedures in place at the University that ensure compliance with State and Federal license requirements. Material covered by this this guide includes: organizational structure, authorization policies, exposure and release limits, receipt and transfer of radioactive material, basic laboratory operating requirements, waste handling procedures, use of radioactive material in humans, radiation producing equipment, bioassay requirements and emergency procedures.
Radiation Safety In the Patient Care Environment
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Radiation Safety training for nurses and other hospital staff caring for patients who receive radiation therapy (e.g. radioactive iodine, brachytherapy, implants, HDR).
Radiation Safety Training for Cardiac Cath Lab Staff
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Required annual training for Cardiac Cath Lab Staff.
Radiation Safety Training for Health Care Workers Using Fluoroscopic X-ray Systems
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The use of X-ray fluoroscopy has increased dramatically in recent years. Advances in medical technology have resulted in the development of more powerful X-ray machines used during complex procedures requiring extensive use of fluoroscopy. The use of such equipment by personnel who have not received specialized training in the proper use of radiation creates the potential for excessive radiation exposure to personnel and patients. This training module was developed to provide you with basic radiation protection information. As a radiation worker, you should be familiar with the currently available information regarding risks of radiation exposure during the procedures you participate in. A number of topics are covered in this module, from basic protection methods to optimal use of the fluoroscopy equipment. Because this module may be used by individuals with varying backgrounds and experience, the module has been divided into chapters to allow the user to access all or a few of the chapters which may be applicable to their role during fluoroscopy use.
Radiation Safety Training for Irradiator Users (Irradiator Use Guide)
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This Guide is required reading for all irradiator users. It contains a summary of the radiation safety policies and procedures governing the use of irradiators at the University of Virginia, basic radiation safety training and emergency response instruction.
Radiation Safety Training for Nuclear Cardiology Staff
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This course provides Radiation Safety Training for Nuclear Cardiology staff. All Nuclear Cardiology staff must complete this training before being allowed to work independently with radioactive material at the University of Virginia. This training may be used by Nuclear Cardiology staff to fulfill their annual retraining requirement as well. As outlined in NRC and State guidance for Medical Use Licensees, instruction on a comprehensive list of topics is provided. These topics along with other more specific University policies are covered in this training module. A test of the material covered in this module is included at the end of the module. A score of at least 80% is required to successfully pass this test.
Radiation Safety Training for Nuclear Medicine Staff
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This course provides Radiation Safety Training for Nuclear Medicine staff. All Nuclear Medicine staff must complete this training before being allowed to work independently with radioactive material at the University of Virginia. This training may be used by Nuclear Medicine staff to fulfill their annual retraining requirement as well. As outlined in NRC guidance for Medical Use Licensees, instruction on a comprehensive list of topics is provided. These topics along with other more specific University policies are covered in this training module. A test of the material covered in this module is included at the end of the module. A score of at least 80% is required to successfully pass this test.
Radiation Safety Training for New Residents and Fellows
Required training for new residents and fellows in Radiology. Radiation Safety training topics include proper use of dosimetry, radiation protection methods and pregnancy declaration.
No online module, in-person training only. Contact EHS at 434-982-4911 to schedule.
Radiation Safety Training for Safe Use of Analytical X-Ray Equipment
Radiation Safety Training for Safe Use of Analytical X-Ray Equipment is available via word
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Radiation Safety Training for Safe Use of Analytical X-Ray Equipment is available via pdf
Analytical X-ray equipment is used for X-ray diffraction analysis, fluorescence analysis, or direct X-ray transmission analysis of materials. These analytical x-ray systems are comprised of components that utilize X-rays to determine elemental composition, or to examine the microstructure of materials. These analytical x-ray devices are used for non-medical purposes. The primary objective of this program is to keep occupational exposures to radiation as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) while utilizing these types of equipment. This safety program establishes UVA procedures for the safe operation of analytical X-ray equipment and the associated potential radiation hazards.
Radiology Annual Radiation Safety Training
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Required annual training for Radiology Staff.
Safe Handling of Radioactive Seeds in Surgical Pathology
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This training is intended for Surgical Pathology Staff, Residents and Fellows handling breast specimens containing Radioactive I-125 Seeds. This module provides required radiation safety training for individuals working in Surgical Pathology that process and handle breast specimens containing radioactive seeds. Topics covered include basic radiation safety concepts, seed recognition, safe handling and shielding of seeds, documentation of seed movement and inventory, radiation surveys and emergency response/notifications.
Safe Use of Radioactive Material in the Operating Room
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This module provides the training necessary to allow surgical staff to work safely with and around radioactive material encountered in the Operating Room (OR). For cases involving breast lesions, a small metal seed containing radioactive iodine (I-125) that has been implanted in the patient’s breast in the Breast Care Center will be removed during surgery. In addition, Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) may be injected into the patient, while in the OR, to identify the sentinel lymph node. Both the breast lesion containing the radioactive seed, and the sentinel lymph node containing radioactive Technetium, will be removed in the OR. All surgical staff must know how to work safely around these materials in order to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure and contamination.
Safe Use of Fluoroscopy
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Radiation Safety training required for physicians, operators and supervisors of fluoroscopic equipment. The use of X-ray fluoroscopy has increased dramatically in recent years. Advances in medical technology have resulted in the development of more powerful X-ray machines used during complex procedures requiring extensive use of fluoroscopy. The use of such equipment by personnel who have not received specialized training in the proper use of radiation creates the potential for excessive radiation exposure to personnel and patients.
Radiation Safety Training for Radioactive Seed Localization of Breast Lesions
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Required training for Breast Care Center Staff. This module provides the training necessary to allow Breast Care Center staff to work safely with and around radioactive seeds used for localization of non-palpable lesions and lymph nodes. All staff must know how to work safely around these materials in order to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure and contamination. Small metal seeds containing radioactive iodine (I-125) are implanted in the patient’s breast in the Breast Care Center and are later removed during surgery. The training includes review of the protocol which must be followed during the implant procedure, radiation surveys to prevent loss of the seeds, imaging verification of seed location and emergency response procedures.
Sealed Source Use Radiation Protection Instruction
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The information contained in this training module is for individuals who work with sealed sources of radioactive material or enter areas in which radioactive material or radiation sources are present and radiation exposure is possible.
 
 
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