Health Physicist and Radiation Safety Officer

External Description

Oversees and directs all aspects of radiation safety, education and quality including the research program for the hospital and for the Radiology Department. With the Medical Director, directs and coordinates with UW physics as it relates to all devices using radiation for imaging, therapy, and research. Includes but is not limited to the following: the radiation safety program; radiation safety quality assurance; the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) program; computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) operation, maintenance and quality control.

Serves as the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) who is responsible for the organization’s broad scope radioactive materials license. As RSO, is the designated individual for release of patients after treatment, licensing issues, administration and the safety of operating procedures. Provides education and guidance regarding issues of radiation protection at SCH to staff, leaders and faculty as well as patients and families. .

The RSO has the authority, granted by the Administration to make decisions in the event of an emergency and to enforce hospital and research policies, in addition to enforcing compliance with Washington state rules and regulations for Radiation Protection as they apply to SCH. RSO authority includes suspension of any activity involving the use of radioactive material or x-ray producing equipment that: poses a threat to the health and safety of staff, faculty, or member of the general public; would violate the organization’s radioactive material license; or result in violation of Washington state rules and regulation for radiation protection.

Also functions as the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) for Seattle Children’s, responsible for setting policy, procedure, protocols, education, and training.

Requirements

Required Education/Experience:
- Master’s degree in Health Physics, Medical Physics, or other related field, required.
- 3 years of related professional experience in radiation safety using radioactive materials, and radiation producing machines in a healthcare environment.

Required Credentials:
- Certified Health Physicist (CHP) certification by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) or the American Academy of Health Physics.

Preferred:
- Certification by the Board of Laser Safety as a Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO) or Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO)
- Previous experience in a role with laser safety accountabilities


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