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Improvements in Radiation Monitoring Trending

Passmore, Christopher Neil; Kirr, Mirela*

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000726
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One of the main goals for Radiation Safety Professionals is to help maintain radiation worker doses below administrative control levels. In the radiation safety field there is an increasing recognition of the value of dosimetry-related data that can be used to enhance safety programs and regulatory compliance. Mining radiation dosimetry data and rendering results in the form of dashboards provides insights for the Radiation Safety Professionals that could help improve the radiological protection programs effectiveness, enhances quality, and reduces cost. Quite often the professionals spend more time assembling data than analyzing for trends and acting to improve the radiation safety program. Data analysis tools were developed allowing the radiation safety professionals to perform surveillance on key parameters in the dosimetry program that can help identifying risks and insure early intervention. More than 2,200 institutions chosen from different industries were surveyed for more than 2 years after the implementation of this tool. Four indicators: dose per participant, collective dose, dosimeter return compliance, and number of workers exceeding ALARA levels were chosen as meaningful parameters in characterizing the health of the program. These parameters were tracked, analyzed, and compared to benchmarks developed based on more than 1 million monitored workers.

*Landauer, 2 Science Road, Glenwood, IL 60425‐1586.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Chris Passmore currently holds the position of Vice President of Dosimetry Services at Landauer. Chris Passmore has more than 26 years of experience in all aspects of dosimetry and radiological protection fields. Passmore serves as a United States delegate and technical expert to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC45 and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC85. In addition to international standard committees he also serves as a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and Health Physics Society Standard Committee. Prior to joining Landauer, Chris Passmore worked for 10 years in the Department of Energy nuclear weapons complex managing external and internal dosimetry programs at Rocky Flats Plant and Pantex. He was also appointed as assessor for the Department of Energy Laboratory Accreditation Program in 1993 and fulfilled this role until joining LANDAUER in the fall of 2000. Chris Passmore holds MS Degree in Health Physics from National Technological University, a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Arizona State University, and a BS Degree in both Physics and Engineering from Illinois College. He is also certified in comprehensive health physics by the American Board of Health Physics. His email address is: cpassmore@landauer.com.

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