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Radiation Safety among Workers in Health Services

Jones, Eric; Mathieson, Kathleen

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000485
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The purpose of this study was to survey health service workers regarding their radiation safety knowledge and practice. Participants were health service workers (n = 721) who received an anonymous online survey by email to test their radiation safety knowledge. A knowledge test of 15 questions was completed by 412 respondents. The overall average percent correct was 77.9%. Health physicists/medical physicists had the highest average percent score (93.5%), while physician assistants scored the lowest (60.0%). Of all the respondents, only 64.0% reported they participated in periodic radiation safety training at their place of employment. The most common topic selected where participants wanted additional training was in biological effects of radiation (41.0%). In conclusion, radiation safety training and education needs to be developed and planned effectively. Areas or specialties with poor radiation safety knowledge need to be addressed with corresponding safety measures.

*Radiation Safety Officer, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402; †Associate Professor, A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ 85206.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Eric Jones received his master’s degree from Trident University and his doctorate from A.T. Still University. Eric Jones is currently the Radiation Safety Officer at the United States Naval Academy. He teaches radiation safety to faculty, staff, and students in the departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Nuclear Engineering at the Naval Academy. In addition, Eric is a current member of the Medical Health Physics Section and the Military Health Physics Section of the Health Physics Society. His email is ejones@usna.edu.

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