This one day introductory level course is designed to provide participants with an overview and basic understanding of the fundamental principles of radiation safety, provide guidance on EPA radiation exposure limits for site work involving radioactive materials, and provide information on radiological area posting requirements. This course is intended for environmental professionals who are not health physicists or other radiation safety specialists, but require a basic knowledge and understanding of radiation safety. Participants who are responsible for reviewing and discussing radiological issues will benefit from this course.
Topics that are discussed include fundamental concepts of atomic structure, radiation, and radioactive decay; methods and characteristics of radiation interaction with matter; radiation dose limits and basic methods to control radiation exposures, biological effects of radiation, and posting requirements.
Instructional methods include lectures, class discussions, and demonstrations.
After completing the course, participants will be able to:
Discuss basic terminology and fundamental principles of radiation.
Identify the three primary types and characteristics of ionizing radiation.
Identify radiation dose limits and explain basic methods to control exposures.
Discuss biological effects of radiation.
Identify radiological area postings
The successful completion of an examination must be demonstrated by the student attaining a score of 80 percent or higher.
In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at
Continuing Education Units: 0.6
THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.
*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*
If you want a copy of all the Course Presentation slides to facilitate note taking, you can download and print the slides prior to class. You can access a copy of the Course Presentation Files at: