Performs radiation safety related duties for Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian Hospital clinical departments in order to evaluate and address radiation safety issues. Participates in clinical procedures to ensure radiation safety standards are met. Instructs patients and staff on proper methods of exposure reduction. Provides technical and regulatory oversight for laboratory and clinical radiation safety program. Oversees and administers the Health Physics personnel dosimetry program and takes appropriate action when warranted.
Responsible for managing the radiation safety program within the designated area of jurisdiction; identifying radiation safety problems and implementing corrective actions; and ensuring compliance with regulations for the use of byproduct material.
Distributes, collects and evaluates personnel dosimetry badges. Maintains dosimetry program and system of record. When appropriate, performs bioassay measurements on personnel working with unsealed sources of radioactive materials; maintains assay records.
Performs surveys in work areas where radioactive materials are used, evaluates results and ensures hazard free environment. Maintains compliant record keeping for regulatory mandates. Responds to emergencies; carries out corrective measures as needed.
Receives and inspects radioactive materials and prescribes or carries out corrective measures when contamination is found. Assures proper radioactive waste handling, storage and disposal.
Performs complete comprehensive leak tests on sealed radioactive sources.
Performs calibrations of survey instruments used to detect radioactive contamination and ensures proper functionality.
Performs shielding surveys in newly constructed or altered areas containing equipment that generates ionizing radiation. Participates in the development of survey reports.
Places tags and notices of radiation precautions in patient chart as per department and regulatory guidelines.
Prepares training materials and conducts periodic lectures where ionizing radiation is part of the work environment. Advises physicians, faculty, staff and students on the safe handling and usage of radioactive materials and radiation producing devices.
Recommends radiation protection parameters for pathology personnel at autopsies. Records and maintains records of these functions.
Records exposure measurements around patients who have received therapeutic treatments with radioactive materials and specifies radiation precaution procedures for patients, their families and staff involved in their care.
Surveys personal shielding garments in accordance with institutional and regulatory guidance. Maintains a data base of garment surveys performed by other departments.
Bachelor's Degree in related field
Minimum of 5 years experience in medical health physics; comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of the health physics.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Strong working knowledge of position requirements and demonstrated ability to organize, track, and prioritize work responsibilities and regulatory deadlines.
Strong working knowledge of relevant federal, state and local regulations and requirements.
Competent in the use of computers including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and email Internet programs.
Capable of working independently and as a team member to develop and implement programs with EHS and HP staff and WCM departments.
Ability to develop complex MS Excel spreadsheets to track and organize multiple operational activities including the integration of multiple data sources; use of statistical calculations and formulas; and develop operational reports.
Ability to act decisively when responding to emergency situations.
Highly service oriented with good interpersonal, written and oral communication skills including the ability to develop and deliver concise documentation, presentations and trainings.
Ability to interface with all levels of hospital staff.
Ability to organize and lead effective meetings.
Skilled in assessing and implementing radiation safety compliance programs.
Must be able to read and interpret instrument readings.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands
The position requires the ability to maneuver freely throughout the complex and to transport radiation detection devices and equipment.
Must be able to respond to emergency calls as needed. Must be reachable and accessible for emergencies during work and off-hours via phone and email.
This position requires controlled exposure to radioactive materials, patients and radiation producing equipment. Occasional controlled contact with chemical and biological agents.
Appreciates and understands the connection between individual goals, departmental goals and the organizational mission.
Approaches our job knowing that there are internal and external customers whose expectations we strive to exceed.
Demonstrates integrity and ethics at all times.
Possesses excellent work-related skills and the ability to apply them, while continually seeking ways to improve.
Possesses the ability to facilitate the flow of information through effective written and oral communication.
Understands the need to be responsible for our own outcomes, and takes pride in delivering the best possible work product.
Maintains a flexible and forward thinking approach to the way work is done.
Maintains a team-oriented approach, and possesses the ability to cultivate positive and collegial workplace relationships.
About Weill Cornell Medicine
Large university hospital in a metropolitan setting.
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