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8/16/2022

Article 4. Requirements for Personal Safety

12VAC5-481-3270. Training requirements.

Article 4
Requirements for Personal Safety

A. No licensee shall permit any individual to act as a logging supervisor as defined in this part until such individual has:

1. Received instruction in the following and demonstrated an understanding thereof:

a. Fundamentals of radiation safety including:

(1) Characteristics of radiation;

(2) Units of radiation dose and quantity of radioactivity;

(3) Hazards of exposure to radiation;

(4) Levels of radiation from licensed material;

(5) Methods of controlling radiation dose (time, distance, and shielding); and

(6) Radiation safety practices, including prevention of contamination, and methods of decontamination;

b. Radiation detection instruments including:

(1) Use, operation, calibration, and limitations of radiation survey instruments;

(2) Survey techniques; and

(3) Use of personnel monitoring equipment;

c. Equipment to be used including:

(1) Operation of equipment, including source handling equipment and remote handling tools;

(2) Storage, control, and disposal of licensed material; and

(3) Maintenance of equipment;

d. The requirements of pertinent Virginia regulations; and

e. Case histories of accidents in well logging;

2. Received copies of and instruction in the regulations contained in this part and the applicable sections of Parts I (12VAC5-481-10 et seq.), IV (12VAC5-481-600 et seq.), and X (12VAC5-481-2250 et seq.) of this chapter or their equivalent, conditions of appropriate license, and the licensee's operating and emergency procedures, and demonstrated an understanding thereof;

3. Demonstrated competence to use sources of radiation, related handling tools, and radiation survey instruments which will be used on the job by a field evaluation; and

4. Demonstrated understanding of subdivisions 1 and 2 of this subsection by successfully passing a written test.

B. No licensee or registrant shall permit any individual to act as a logging assistant until such individual has:

1. Received instruction in the applicable sections of Parts I (12VAC5-481-10 et seq.), IV (12VAC5-481-600 et seq.) and X (12VAC5-481-2250 et seq.) of this chapter or their equivalent;

2. Received copies of, and instruction in the licensee's operating and emergency procedures;

3. Demonstrated understanding of subdivisions 1 and 2 of this subsection by successfully passing a written or oral test; and

4. Demonstrated competence to use, under the personal supervision of the logging supervisor, the sources of radiation, related handling tools, and radiation survey instruments that will be used on the job.

C. The licensee shall provide safety reviews at least once during each calendar year.

D. The licensee shall maintain employee training records for three years following termination of the individual's employment.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 25, eff. September 20, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 18, eff. June 12, 2008.

12VAC5-481-3280. Operating and emergency procedures.

The licensee's or registrant's operating and emergency procedures shall include instructions in at least the following:

1. Handling and use of sources of radiation to be employed so that no individual is likely to be exposed to radiation doses in excess of the standards established in Part IV (12VAC5-481-600 et seq.) of this chapter;

2. Methods and occasions for conducting radiation surveys;

3. Methods and occasions for locking and securing sources of radiation;

4. Personnel monitoring and the use of personnel monitoring equipment;

5. Transportation to temporary jobsites and field stations, including the packaging and placing of sources of radiation in vehicles, placarding of vehicles, and securing sources of radiation during transportation;

6. Minimizing exposure of individuals in the event of an accident;

7. Procedure for notifying proper personnel in the event of an accident;

8. Maintenance of records;

9. Use, inspection and maintenance of source holders, logging tools, source handling tools, storage containers, transport containers, and injection tools;

10. Procedure to be followed in the event a sealed source is lodged downhole;

11. Procedures to be used for picking up, receiving, and opening packages containing radioactive material;

12. For the use of tracers, decontamination of the environment, equipment, and personnel;

13. Maintenance of records generated by logging personnel at temporary jobsites;

14. Notifying proper persons in the event of an accident; and

15. Actions to be taken if a sealed source is ruptured, including actions to prevent the spread of contamination and minimize inhalation and ingestion of radioactive material and actions to obtain suitable radiation survey instruments as required by 12VAC5-481-3200.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 25, eff. September 20, 2006.

12VAC5-481-3290. Personnel monitoring.

A. No licensee shall permit any individual to act as a logging supervisor or a logging assistant unless each such individual wears a personnel dosimeter at all times during the handling of licensed radioactive materials. Each personnel dosimeter shall be assigned to and worn by only one individual. Film badges must be replaced at least monthly and all other personnel dosimeters that require replacement must be replaced at least quarterly. All personnel dosimeters must be evaluated at least quarterly or promptly after replacement, whichever is more frequent.

B. Personnel monitoring records shall be maintained for inspection until the agency authorizes disposition.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 25, eff. September 20, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 18, eff. June 12, 2008; Volume 37, Issue 25, eff. January 14, 2022.

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