Instrumentation, Calibration, and Measurements
Robert Halliburton
External Radiation Dosimetry
James Turner
     A central task of radiation dosimetry is using instrument readings and other information to assess doses received by individuals exposed to external ionizing radiation. The regulatory quantities required and methods of detecting external radiation are summarized. Some of the technical problems entailed in developing workable systems of dosimetry are discussed. Particular attention is given to ionization cavity theory, dosimetry for beta radiation, and a personnel TLD dosimeter system.
Development and Implementation of an Internal Radiation Safety Program
    for Academic and Biomedical Institutions
Clayton French
Accelerators: Types, Principles, Uses
Frank Harmon
Accelerators: Operational Safety and Dosimetry
Richard Brey
Accelerators: Radiation Fields and Shielding
Vaclav Vylet
     In this talk we first describe the specific ways in which accelerators produce radiation and basic characteristics of such radiation fields.  This is logically followed by a description of accelerator shielding techniques and illustrated by practical examples. The discussion is limited to electron and proton machines, which constitute the vast majority of the accelerators in service. We conclude with a short review of useful reference documents.
An Operational Guide to Laser Safety in A University Setting
Dewey Sprague
    This class is intended to provide an operational approach to developing and implementing a university-level laser safety program. Most persons dedicated to this task will be health physicists or other safety professionals who have been appointed (but not necessarily trained) as Laser Safety Officers (LSO). This material is intended to provide practical guidance for the new LSO in building a laser safety program. In addition to laser safety, some supplementary materials covering other areas of non-ionizing radiation safety will also be provided.
Implementation Guidance for the New 10 CFR 35 Regulatory Landscape, Jeffrey Siegel
Operational Issues Associated with the Medical Use of Radiopharmaceucticals and Brachytherapy
Victoria Morris
    This chapter provides an overview of the medical use of radiopharmaceuticals and brachytherapy.  Included is a brief history, the key radiation safety and regulatory challenges associated with these medical uses of radioactive material and recommendations to the radiation safety officer for enhancing radiation safety and regulatory compliance. 
Radiation Protection for Intravascular Brachytherapy Applications
Peter Vernig
     Approximately 80 percent of coronary arteries receiving angioplasty treatment to widen the openings narrowed by cholesterol build up will renarrow unless a stent is used. Use of a stent, which is a mesh tube, that is inserted in the artery to hold it open, cuts the restenosis or renarrowing to about 40%. The use of coronary artery radiation therapy in the form of irradiation by sealed source or brachytherapy decreases the re-narrowing or restenosis rate to about 20%. In November of 2000, two devices were approved by the FDA for treatment of “in-stent” restenosis. One was the Cordis, Checkmate™ system employing Ir-192 sources and the other was the Novoste, Beta Cath™ system using strontium/yttrium-90 sources. In November of 2001 the FDA approved a third device, the Guidant, Galileo™ system employing a phosphorous-32 loaded wire driven by a microprocessor controlled device. Two other devices are used in Europe, a radioactive stent using P-32 and a radioactive angioplasty balloon also using P-32. In the summer of 2001 University [of Colorado] Hospital began using a Novoste Beta Cath device and in July the Denver VA Medical Center began the process to become licensed to use the same device, initially intending to execute a sharing agreement with University Hospital. In October VAMC, Denver did its first CART case. This class will discuss the process, the different devices, focusing on those that are approved for use, licensing and radiation safety issues related to CART, also called intravascular brachytherapy or IVB.
The Role of the Health Physicist in Human Biomedical Research
Marcia Hartman
This class will be an overview of the many roles health physicists play in human biomedical research. It will start with a basic introduction to the documents which form the basis for regulations on human subject research. A review of the regulatory agencies and their respective regulations will show the breadth and complexity of this subject. Recommendations from ICRP-62, Radiological Protection in Biomedical Research, will be reviewed. The remainder of the class will look at how different programs manage review of human subject protocols which involve radiation exposure, sources of dosimetry information, consent language for radiation risk and suggested audit topics. If an attendee has an interest on a particular aspect of this topic, please email the instructor with your topic or question,
Control of Radioactive Materials at Remote Research Locations
Sandy O'Brien
Control and Dispositioning of Sealed Sources
J. Andrew Tompkins
The AAHP Standard for Qualification and Practice for
University and Medical Radiation Safety Officers
Carolyn J. Owen
    The Professional Development Committee of the American Academy of Health Physics along with the Health Physics Society have written two guidance documents to assist those hiring radiation safety officers for healthcare facilities and universities in establishing the qualifications necessary for the job and evaluate candidates. The suggested qualifications stem from a survey of the responsibilities of a healthcare radiation safety officer as specified in regulations, in recommendations from advisory bodies, and the experience of the writing committee and those who reviewed the documents. The documents include a table of suggested education and experience levels necessary for various size facilities, and a check-list for use in evaluating the qualifications of potential candidates. I will be discussing these two guidance documents and provide suggestions on how they can be used.
Performance-based Radiation Safety Program Reviews
Gerry Westcott
Campus Radiological Security
Andrew Karam
   Our old paradigm was that we needed to secure radioactive materials against theft or misuse by a "casual" thief - usually a disgruntled worker or someone trying to poison another person.  Today, in addition to that worry, we are also concerned about professional thieves and terrorists stealing our radioactive materials for political purposes - to use in terrorist attacks against large groups of people or entire cities.  Regardless of the scale of our concerns, the fact remains that security of radioactive materials has been, and continues to be one of the hallmarks of a good radiation safety program, and we are all responsible for securing our sources against loss, theft, and misuse to the greatest extent possible.  In this class, we will discuss these issues, the reasons for controlling our radioactive materials and some methods for doing so in a reasonable manner.
Risk Management for Radiation Safety Professionals
Robert J. Emery
    In recent years, many institutional radiation safety programs have been involved in organizational re-alignments, shifting from stand-alone units to assimilation into comprehensive environmental health and safety programs. Such shifts compelled health physicists to expand their professional knowledge base to better understand the roles of their new organizational colleagues. But the trend of institutional transformation has not stopped. A current phenomenon is the creation of comprehensive institutional risk management programs, which incorporate all health and safety functions, along with other institutional loss control and insurance activities. In recognition of this trend, it is imperative that practicing health physicists become familiar with the risk management and insurance profession to ensure that issues are effectively communicated within the context of this new paradigm.

     This course will provide an overview of the risk management and insurance profession, specifically addressing

(1) how an organization's loss exposures are identified and analyzed
(2) how risk management alternatives are evaluated
(3) how the most desirable option is selected
(4) the implementation of selected risk management techniques
(5) the monitoring of effectiveness. Suggested strategies for adapting radiation safety programs to the risk management organizational environment will be presented, and ample time will be allotted for questions, answers and discussion.

Organizational Approaches to Campus Health Physics Programs
James Schweitzer
Integration of Safety Programs: The Departmental Safety Advisor Concept
Gerry Westcott
The Selling of Safety in an Academic Setting
Robert J. Emery
    Ask any experienced practicing radiation safety professional and they will likely tell you that the ultimate success or failure of any program is contingent upon the ability to effectively “sell” its attributes. Radiation safety professionals are constantly trying to persuade, induce, convince, affect, impress, convert, discourage, or prompt actions. We must be able to “sell” ourselves to gain employment, start new initiatives, or successfully interact with regulatory agencies. Although salesmanship is an essential skill for the profession, training in this area is not normally included in our academic or continuing education curricula. To cultivate an awareness of the importance of sales and marketing skills in our profession, this presentation will serve to answer some very basic, but essential questions, such as: what are we “selling”, who are we “selling” to, and how do we go about “selling” effectively.
HPS-Summer School in San Diego  - 2003