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Employees, appointed to act as RPOs in hospitals, industrial companies or teaching and research institutions should have an adequate level of understanding of concepts related to radiation protection and understand the radiation protection issues pertinent to their radiation application. Therefore the level and format of training required by an RPO is dependant on the complexity of that application.   It is therefore essential, on the European level, (i) to define requirements for the competencies of RPOs according to their area of work and specific radiation protection tasks, and (ii) to establish European reference standards for RPO training. This is the objective of WP3. It is worth noting that while, in many cases the need for mobility in RPOs is not essential, there are a number of areas, for example, in industrial radiography, where radiation protection is an inherent aspect of the work and where there is a significant degree of movement of  personnel between countries.  In such cases mutual recognition of education and training undertaken would be beneficial and, consequently, some form of training “passport” advantageous.

Work package number

3

Start date or starting event:

6

Work package title

Define requirements for RPO competencies and establish European guidance for RPO training

Activity Type

COORD

Participant id

1

2

3

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8

9

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13

Person-months per beneficiary:

2

 

2

8

1

1

1

3

 

2

 

 

 

 

Objectives

Employees, appointed to act as RPOs in hospitals, industrial companies or teaching and research institutions should have an adequate level of understanding of concepts related to radiation protection and should also be acquainted with the safe and secure use of radiation sources as relevant to the application. Depending on the complexity of the radiation application and the associated radiation protection tasks, RPOs need appropriate training in radiation protection and, in some cases, a certain level of work experience tailored to the specific needs to fulfil particular radiation protection tasks. It is therefore essential, on the European level, (i) to define the required competences for RPOs according to their area of work and specific radiation protection tasks, and (ii) to establish European reference standards for RPO training.

 

Description of work

  • Organisation of kick-off and subsequent meetings with the WP3 participants.
  • Defining a detailed work programme for WP3 and subsequent division of tasks.
  • Identification of the required level of knowledge, understanding and competence for RPOs across the range of applications of radiation.
  • Establishment of European guidance on the content and mechanisms for delivery of  RPO training.
 

Deliverables

  • WD3.1   Report on requirements for RPO competencies.
  • WD3.2   Report on guidance  for RPO training.