PRINCIPAL RADIATION PROTECTION SPECIALIST

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 07, 2018
Full Time Public Health Public Safety Sciences and Laboratory
  • Salary: $78,913.20 - $103,495.67 Annually

Job Description




EXAM NUMBER :

PH5776D

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT :
OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY

FIRST DAY OF FILING:
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

DEFINITION :
Supervises and provides technical guidance to a group of radiation protection specialists conducting inspections, investigations, and tests to detect and control radiation hazards; or conducts the most complex, specialized, and sensitive investigations, inspections, tests, and emergency response and preparedness to detect and control hazards arising from radioactive materials.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS :

Positions allocable to this class work under the supervision of the Head, Radiation Control in the Environmental Health Division of the Department of Public Health. Positions are responsible for providing technical and administrative supervision to a group of lower-level radiation protection specialists conducting a variety of investigations, inspections and tests, and evaluations to detect and control radiation hazards arising from the use of X-ray equipment or radioactive materials. Some positions in this class are assigned to perform the most difficult and complex health physics work. This responsibility includes planning and conducting difficult studies, surveys, inspections, and investigations of radiologic health hazards; developing and adapting instrumentation for determination and measurement of radiation; reviewing plans and specifications and advising on the design and modification of engineered controls, including shielding and exhaust ventilation systems. In addition, positions monitor the use, receipt, transfer, and disposal of radioactive materials in medical, industrial, educational, research, and manufacturing facilities to ensure safe handling and disposition and supervise decontamination and radiation safety procedures in cases of radiological incidents.

Essential Job Functions
  • Supervises lower-level radiation protection specialists conducting investigations, inspections and tests, and evaluations to detect and control radiation hazards arising from the use of X-ray equipment or radioactive materials.
  • Performs inspections of radioactive materials licenses or X-ray registrants at specified intervals, including determining compliance with regulations and license conditions, discharges into the environment are within permissible limits, and good radiation safety practices.
  • Reviews applications for radioactive materials licenses and license amendments, and advises applicants or the State on required changes in facilities, programs, uses, and procedures, to conform to legal requirements and good radiation safety practices.
  • Prepares written reports of inspection findings, including letters and Notices of Violations to the user; and follows-up on violations to assure timely and appropriate correction.
  • Uses a variety of radiation measuring instruments, test equipment, and computers, following established procedures, to determine compliance with federal, State, and County laws and regulations.
  • Enforces the State's certification law regarding nuclear medicine and X-ray technologists.
  • Completes special projects as directed by the Head, Radiation Control.
  • Provides consultation and training to the public, physicians, and nuclear medicine and X-ray personnel on proper practices, procedures, and legal requirements in the use and handling of radioactive materials or X-ray machines, and radiation safety.
  • Prepares and conducts lectures and training programs in the safe use and handling of radioactive materials or X-ray machines.
  • Demonstrates proper techniques to improve procedures and minimize radiation exposures to the public and the occupational worker.
  • Trains radiation protection specialists in all phases of X-ray inspection techniques and procedures, program policies, and interpretation of regulations.
  • Responds to emergency situations involving radiation incidents, such as incidents involving the loss or spill of radioactive materials, or deliberate acts of terrorism.
  • Applies available radiation safety criteria and accepted practices in analyzing and evaluating radiation exposures, doses, and probable effects.

Requirements
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:

A Bachelor's degree* from an accredited college or universitywith a major in health physics, radiologic health, radiologic science, physics, radiologic technology, physical science, or a closely related field-AND-**Four (4) years of ***professional experience in health physics or a ****related field.

**One year of full-time graduate work in radiologic health, radiologic science, health physics, physics, engineering, mathematics, or physical science, may be substituted for one year of the required general experience in health physics.

LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS:

Physical ClassIII - Moderate: includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:

***Professional Experience: Work experience gained in a professional occupation or classification subsequent to receiving a bachelor's degree or its equivalent.

****Related Fields: Nuclear Engineering, Physics of Instrumentation, Geologic Science, and Chemistry.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP)or Registered by the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT).
  • Emergency Response experience.
  • Fit Test for Respirator approved.
  • Certificate of Completion for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

Additional Information
EXAMINATION CONTENT:
This examination will consist of an evaluation ofeducation, experience,and desirable qualificationsbased upon application information and supplemental questionnaire at the time of filingweighted 100%.

Applicants must meet the Selection Requirements and must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be added on the Eligible Register.

Passing this examination and beingplacedon the Eligible Register does not guarantee an offer of employment.

Final results will be sent via United States Postal Service (USPS).Final Scores cannot be given over the phone or by email.

Notificationlettersmay be sent electronically to the e-mail address provided on the application. It is important that candidates provide a valid e-mail address. Please add semery@ph.lacounty.gov to your e-mail address book and list of approved senders to prevent e-mail notifications from being filtered as spam/junk mail.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be added to the Eligible Register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.

No person may compete in this examination more than once everytwelve (12) months.

Applications will be processed on an as received basis and promulgated to the Eligible Register accordingly.

VACANCY INFORMATION:
The Eligible Register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division,as they occur.

AVAILABLE SHIFT:Any

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:

Applications must be filedONLINE ONLY. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person willNOTbe accepted. Any required license, certificates,documents, and/or additional information, if any, must be received with your application at the time of filing online or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to semery@ph.lacounty.gov .

Apply online by clicking on the green"Apply"button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Applicants must submit their completed applications by 5:00 p.m., PDT, on the last day of filing.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you haveclearlyshown that you meet theSELECTION REQUIREMENTS.Fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely and correctly to receive full credit for any relevant education, training, and job experience you include. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, dates attended, degree received, and degree major. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job/position title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work and duties performed. If your application is incomplete and/or supplemental questionnaire is/are incomplete, the application will beREJECTED.

*In order to receive credit for any college or universitycourse work, or any type of college or universitydegree, such as Bachelor's Degree or higher,youmust include a legible copyof the Official Diploma, or Official Transcript(s), or Official Letter from the accredited institution, which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded with Registrar's signature and/or school seal withyour online application at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to semery@ph.lacounty.gov .

Official Transcript is defined as a transcript that bears the college seal and states "official and/or copy" issued by the school's Registrar Office. Aprintoutof the transcript from the school's website is NOT considered official and, therefore, will NOT be accepted and may result in your application being incomplete andbe rejected.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • Allinformation supplied by applicants and included in the application materials is subject toVERIFICATIONat any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
  • Applications may be rejectedat any stage ofthe examination andhiring process, including after appointment has been made.
  • FALSIFICATIONof any information may result inDISQUALIFICATIONorRESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT.
  • UtilizingVERBIAGEfrom Class Specification and/or Selection Requirements serving as your description of dutiesWILL NOTbe sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. In doing so your application may beREJECTED ASINCOMPLETE.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes in the following format: XXX-XX-XXXX. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:
All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

ADA Coordinator: (323) 914-8505
Teletype Phone: (213) 974-0911
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922

Department Contact Name: Shalonda Emery
Department Contact Phone: (323) 914-8488
Department Contact Email: semery@ph.lacounty.gov


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