PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in inspection surveys and complex field studies pertaining to the control of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and radiological wastes and responding to incidents and accidents involving sources of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.
Works under the general supervision of an Environmental Protection Supervising Radiation Control Physicist or other employee of higher grade.
May lead Environmental Protection Radiation Control Specialists and clerical staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs detailed environmental studies at places of employment to determine whether workers are exposed to injurious amounts of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; recommends corrective measures where necessary; schedules and plans periodic repeat inspections to ensure compliance; performs related laboratory work; consults with and advises users, possessors, and manufacturers of ionizing radiation-producing equipment and ionizing radiation-emitting materials on cooperative monitoring and control programs; consults and cooperates with other State, interstate, and Federal agencies on matters pertaining to radiation control; keeps informed on the latest technological developments in radiation control and related fields; collects and disseminates information relating to the recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards presented by manufacturers and users; prepares reports as required; investigates complaints concerning occupational exposure to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; conducts complex investigations, surveys, and studies pertaining to control of radiological wastes; performs detailed radiation monitoring tests of air, water, and other materials to establish background data for the appraisal of effects produced by new radiation facilities; maintains and calibrates radiation detection equipment to assure proper working order; organizes programs of sampling and surveillance of the discharges of establishments using radioactive materials; devises and maintains response plans for action in case of a radiological transportation accident; inspects sources and effects of non-ionizing radiation emitting devices and installations; may speak before lay and professional groups; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of the principles of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and its measurement; knowledge of health and accident hazards associated with ionizing and non-ionizing radiation on exposed human beings; knowledge of radiation detecting instruments; knowledge of State, Federal, and interstate regulations and codes relating to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; skill in the use and calibration of radiation detecting instruments; ability to recognize, evaluate, and control hazardous environmental contamination by ionizing radiation and radioactive substances; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience in the recognition, evaluation and/or control of potential occupational or environmental health hazards involving the use, manufacture, possession, transportation or disposal of sources of ionizing or non-ionizing radiation or radioactive substances.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in radiation science, physics, physical science, biological science or nuclear engineering may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in radiation science, physics, physical science, biological science or nuclear engineering may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
3. During employment in this class, incumbents will be required to receive and retain approval for unescorted access to nuclear facilities.
4. Incumbents in this class are required to meet medical requirements and maintain qualification for respiratory protection.
Incumbent may have significant exposure to ionizing radiation, toxic chemicals, and fumes.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(15)-ENG, SCIEN, TECH P-4
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Environmental Protection Radiation Control Physicist in Salary Group ES 23 approved effective December 27, 2013. (Revised to modify Special Requirements)