Radiation Safety for Industrial Radiographers Course Syllabus

John Forbis

Instructor: John Forbis
Phone: 806.335.4390
Office Hours:


Generally, one hour before evening class, one hour after morning class, or call for appointment.
Catalog Year: 2011-2012
Disability Statement: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact disAbility Services (Student Service Center room 119, phone 371-5436) as soon as possible.
Course Title: Radiation Safety for Industrial Radiographers
Course Name and Number: NUCP-1371
Course Section: 001
Semester: Fall
Course Description:

Introduction to the field of radiation protection: protection of human beings from injury by radiation. Topics include dose and exposure measurements and units, permissible exposure limits, and internal exposure evaluations. This course qualifies the student, upon successful completion, to become a radiographer trainee under a radioactive materials license or certificate of registration for industrial radiation machines.

Department Expectations:
Hours: (3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
Class Type: On Campus Course


Required ASNT Student Membership and Appropriate Standards
All classes require the relevant ASNT - Personal Training Publication applicable to the testing method being studied.
Published by Sequoia
ISBN 1-885071-29-9


Tools: Safety Glasses, PPE, Scientific Calculator, Tool Kit, Three-Ring Notebook, Tools Per Department List, Storage Media, Handyman Pocket Reference, Flashlight, Vernier Calipers, Tape Measure.
Student Performance:


Radition Safety for Industrial Radiographers
  1. Understand principles of personnel monitoring and survey instruments.
  2. Explain the requirements for radiation survey reports.
  3. Perform math calculations to establish radiation exposure and radiation areas.
  4. Demonstrate inspection and maintenance of exposure devices.
  5. Explain storage and shipment of exposed devices and sources.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of state and federal regulations.


 Introduction to the field of radiation protection: protection of human beings from injury by radiation. Topics include dose and exposure measurements and units, permissible exposure limits, and internal exposure evaluations. This course qualifies the student, upon successful completion, to become a radiographer trainee under a radioactive materials license or certificate of registration for industrial radiation machines.

Student outcomes must satisfy the recommended practices of ASNT-CP105 as referenced in the ASNT SNT-TC-1A.

Students Rights and Responsibilities: Student Rights and Responsibilities
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Expected Student Behavior:


To better focus on the learning environment, communication during class time should be directed toward class activities and outside communication should be limited to emergencies only.  Any means of electronic communication will only be tolerated in emergency situations.  Any abuse of this expected behavior can be subject to removal of the student from class.

Notebook & Class Equipment

Students are required to take notes during lectures, and to turn in a notebook for grading prior to the final exam. Articles, accumulated information, and useful reference material that pertain to relative course topics will be counted towards the notebook grade. Notebook should contain handouts, formula sheets, test, assignments, and task list. All items will be graded from the notebook. Student shall furnish a scientific calculator and personal protective equipment to include safety glasses. Student shall have their own personal hand tools similar to those on the department service tool list. Student shall furnish necessary computer media for information transfer. Student shall furnish required text and Handyman Pocket Handbook.

Shop Policy
Read safety handouts provided, use common sense, maintain safe shop practices, keep your Lab clean, and orderly. Keep all safety shields/guards, and equipment in place at all times. Notify your Instructor of faulty wiring/equipment, worn or damaged tools, or missing parts. No horseplay is allowed whatsoever. Academic disciplinary measures will be promptly administered to offending person(s). Please help the Instructor to maintain order so that he can be free to use your time for more effective teaching, and less time housekeeping. We all can enjoy the benefits of an effective and conducive learning environment. Remember to use your safety glasses when entering the shop area. Always perform proper Lock-out / Tag-out.
Tools, Equipment, and Clothing
Students shall wear appropriate clothing to perform any work task assigned. Tools and equipment specified for this class and any recommended preliminary class in the Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation curriculum are to be furnished by the student. Failure to dress for work or bring needed equipment may count as an absence. All tools should be properly used and cared for, thus allowing for longevity and safety of both the user and the tool.
Stealing, vandalism, or pilferage will be dealt with severely!! No drugs, tobacco, drinks, or food allowed!



Grading Criteria:


Course Evaluations:
Students should complete all performance tasks on time at REQUIRED MASTERY LEVEL. Tasks, projects, and various assignments will be scored based on time; accuracy; neatness; completeness; procedure; skill; detail; motivation and attitude; safety practices; clean up; care of manuals, logbooks, and references; and other grading criteria. No task shall be rated until assignment is complete. Complete shall include condition and cleanliness of equipment; clean up of work areas; tool condition and return; all projects, supplies and materials being stored properly. Failure to bring books, notes, notebook, and equipment for a given class may result in a failing grade for that class period.

The final overall grade will be computed as follows:

 10%    attendance

25%    notebook & lab

25%    quizzes

15%    mid-term

25%    final

Students are responsible for getting notes from other students when absent. Lab activities will continue on schedule. Individuals will not receive credit for making up activities and there will not be special lab sessions. Some work can be caught up during regular lab times. Missing lab activities may prevent individuals from performing advanced lab exercises for safety and expense reasons. Minimum hour requirement per American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) must be met to pass the class.


Students must meet the requirements of ASNT-CP189 as referenced in ASNT SNT-TC-1A.  Students cannot pass this class unless these requirements have been met.

 Attendance in class and lab participation is regarded as a requirement and an obligation for learning. Student is responsible for clocking-in and clocking-out with the provided system, just as they would at work. Failure to clock-in or clock-out will result in loss of points for that session. The Instructor will adjust system for classes that vary from schedule. All attendance points will come from time sheet. Tampering with the time system will result in the loss of all attendance points for that student. Attendance to the end of the last hour block or until instructor releases class is required in order to receive any of the points. Failure to bring required equipment will result in a loss of all points for the class period.


Session 1    Intro, History, course requirements, syllabus, course material, tools & equipment needs, Codes, Standards, Procedures, Laws, Web sites

Session 2    Structure of matter, characteristics of raditation, units, dose, activity, protection standards,

Session 3   Biological effects and hazards of radiation, case histories of radiation accidents

Session 4   Sources of radiation, define radiation levels emitted by sources of radiation

Session 5   Attenuation of radiation, methods to minimize radiation exposure

Session 6   Calculations of radiation dose using time, distance, and shielding; operation of radiation detection instruments, dosimeters, and survey techniques

Session 7   Limitations of radiation detection instruments, dosimeters, and survey techniques, Regulations for use and calibration of radiation detection devices & dosimetry

Session 8   Steps in the  proper use of approved personnel radiation dosimetry,

Session 9   Perform surveys of simulated rdiation fields

Session 10   Operation & control of electronic radiation generating devices, inspection of simulated electronic radiation generating system

Session 11   Describe operation & control of electronic radiation generating devices

Session 12   Describe construction and operation of isotopic exposure devices and ancillary  equipment

Session 13   Perform simulated exposure device inspection, set-up, operation, survey, and maintenance; Perform simulated isotopic source change-out; Perform simulated emergency source retrieval

Session 14   Describe inspection, use, transport, shipping, and storage of exposure device containers and source changers. Describe tasks involved in receipt, storage, control, disposal, transportation, shipping of radioactive sources and radiation generating devices

Session 15    Documentation & Procedures, Federal and state industrial radiography regulations, License and/or Registration operating and limiting condition

Session 16    Final & Notebook

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