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Principal Safety Specialist/Radiation Safety Officer - Radiation Safety

Environmental Health & Safety
Fac Mgt EHS Radiation Safety 710453
130894 Requisition #
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MD Anderson is looking for a qualified applicant to fill a Principal Safety Specialist position in Radiation Safety. Applicants must have a graduate degree in applied or basic Science, or an engineering field. Applicants must also have a minimum of ten years of experience in radiation safety that is applicable to medical and academic settings and be a Certified Health Physicist (CHP) by the American Board of Health Physicists (ABHP). Will also consider certification as a licensed medical physicist. 

The primary purpose of the Safety Specialist position is to provide technical expertise to resolve safety issues involving personnel, visitors, patients and other institutional staff and contractors. Performs and completes special projects as assigned or as needed to address institutional safety issues. Maintains awareness as assigned or as needed to address institutional safety issues.  Maintains awareness with applicable laws, regulations and national guidelines relevant to section functions and responsibilities.  Completes environmental and safety policy review and development risk assessment, incident investigations, report writing and presentations to management in order to communicate risk and solutions. Assists in drafting comments on proposed state and federal regulations as needed.  Duties may include functions in any or all of the following areas:  Fire and Life Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Radiation Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Joint Commission, Environmental Protection, Construction Safety and Biological, Chemical and Laboratory Safety.

Program Leadership

Acts in the place of the RSO as necessary to include supervising technical staff, attending meetings, making regulatory decisions, and having general oversight of the program. Acts in the place of the LSO as necessary to maintain and oversee the laser safety program. Contributes to scientific discussions at department, institution, state and national levels representing Facility’s position on radiation safety issues. Supervises duties of a technician and student externs.



Assist in maintaining compliance with all local, state and federal compliance guidelines and regulations. Provides regulatory interpretations, technical assistance. Consults and assists applicable departments in developing, implementing and revising written laser safety procedures for use of laser producing machines.


Program Support

Consults and assists applicable departments in developing, implementing, and revising written radiation safety procedures for using radioactive material (RAM), radiation-producing machines, laser producing machines. May assist engineers and scientists in design and/or evaluation of shielding for new therapy facilities. If a CHP, may conduct shielding evaluations of diagnostic areas. Oversees the authorized user program. This includes ensuring AU’s have proper credentials and training, proper lab space and equipment, and provides a risk assessment of associated hazards. Coordinates and maintains the Radiation Laboratory Inspection program and conducts audits of clinical areas to ensure compliance. Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding the potential hazards of ionizing and nonionizing radiation.


Required: Master's degree in Applied or Basic Science, Engineering field. Ten years of environmental health and safety experience. 

Certified in one or more of the following:.

*Certified Health Physicist (CHP) by the American Board of Health Physicists (ABHP). 

*Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). 

*Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). 

*Associate Safety Professional (ASP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). 

*Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). 

Medical Physicist

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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