Under the direction and oversight of the Radiation Safety Officer, the Associate Radiation Safety Officer (ARSO) supports all aspects of the DFCI radiation safety program, which includes both clinical and research activities using radioactive materials, and a variety of radiation-producing devices. The ARSO is responsible for reviewing and evaluating radiological surveys, assessing and recommending corrective measures and investigating exposures and incidents to ensure the safe use of byproduct (radioactive) material.
The ARSO effectively communicates and coordinates with numerous departments, users, and support staff regarding safety practices and compliance requirements.
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
Reviews and evaluates radiological surveys on a daily/continuous basis. Conducts confirmatory or supplementary radiological surveys and assesses/recommends corrective measures, as needed.
Investigates exposures, accidents, spills and other deviations from approved radiation safety practices. Consults, as needed, with authorized users to recommend or evaluate corrective actions.
Provides emergency and spill assistance. Supervises cleanup of major radioactive spills and provides guidance on cleanup of minor spills. Provides documentation of incident, remediation, and follow-up/ corrective actions.
Assists in the preparation and scheduling of Radiation Safety audits and program reviews. Prepares and distributes reports in a timely fashion.
Conducts and participates in radiation safety training for clinical and research staff.
Assists in the development of formal operational procedures, supporting implementation of the DFCI Radiation Safety Manual and Radiation Safety Committee policies.
Assists in monitoring personnel radiation exposures. Reviews dosimetry, performs bioassay, issues and distributes/collects monitoring devices.
Assists in conducting radioactive inventory and leak testing. Manages comprehensive license inventory documentation.
Coordinates with EH&S departmental administrative personnel, and assists in the maintenance of dosimetry roster, authorized user list, training databases, distribution, collection, and processing of dosimetry.
Assists in the operational assessment of the clinical radiological procedures administered by the Nuclear Medicine Technologists and attendant staff (chiefly nurses). Assists with patient therapy procedures that provide radiation safety precautions to therapy patients and their family for outpatient procedures.
Assists or performs effluent and evacuation calculations and postings.
Assists the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) in screening applications for clinical research protocols involving human subjects. Collects and summarizes protocol information to assist the RSC in timely review of protocol applications determined to require RSC review.
Provides limited (minor) radiological instrument troubleshooting/repair and required instrument calibrations.
Supports the laser/non-ionizing radiation safety program supporting the Laser Safety Officer (LSO).
Maintains up-to-date DOT training as a shipper of Class 7 hazardous materials.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelorâ€™s degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Biology, or other physical science.
2 years direct experience in a medical/academic radiation safety program. Experience can be substituted with an advanced degree in Health Physics.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Technical and practical knowledge of radiological instruments, detector principles, instrument calibration and QC
Familiarity with regulatory requirements relevant to defensible measurements and surveys
Familiarity with typical office applications (email, calendar, spreadsheet, word/document editing, database tools)
Ability to evaluate worksites for potential hazards, conduct radiological assessments, evaluate exposure monitoring/dosimetry, write reports and relate information to all levels of DFCI staff
Understand and comply with applicable regulations and agencies such as DOT, MADPH, and USNRC.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.
Internal Number: 2021-21949
About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to under-served members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.