Transportation of Radioactive Materials Training in Las Vegas

Transportation of Radioactive Materials Training in Las Vegas

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The fee for the Transportation course is $1050.

The RSO Refresher course is being offered the same week for the Las Vegas location only. The combined cost of both courses is $1700. To register for both the Transportation course and the RSO Refresher course click on one of the “Transportation + Refresher Combo” links below.

Registration – You may register by any of several methods. The preferred method is online registration which you can do by clicking on the link beside the course date. You may also call to register.

C.E.U. Credits – This course has been approved for 16 Continuing Education Credits by the American Academy of Health Physics.

Course Dates for 2024:

May 15 – 17, 2024 [register online]

May 13 – 17, 2024 (Transportation + Refresher Combo) [register online]

November 6 – 8, 2024 [register online]

November 4 – 8, 2024 (Transportation + Refresher Combo) [register online]

Course Location:

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas Convention Center
3850 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
The hotel phone number is 702-791-0899

Course Details:

Our Transportation of Radioactive Materials course is designed for radiation safety officers, safety officers, technicians, managers and others who may be involved in transporting radioactive materials or in preparing radioactive materials for transport. The training course will cover the applicable 49 CFR DOT and 10 CFR NRC transportation of radioactive material regulations. The course will cover DOT 49 CFR Parts 170 – 189 with emphasis on Parts 172 – 178 and 10 CFR 71. These regulations cover hazardous material classification, hazardous waste, labeling, types of packaging and containers, packaging and container limits, radiation level standards, and reporting and record keeping requirements. Fissile and Type B materials are not covered in detail. The course will also cover 10 CFR 61 (NRC Land Disposal of Radioactive Material) and related requirements from 10 CFR 19, 20 and 40. The course includes package and shipping document preparation exercises.

Upon passing a required examination, students are provided a certificate showing they successfully completed the course. This certificate, along with the training manual, may be used to document the training for employer certification, as required by 49 CFR 172.704(d). It is important to note that the requirements for documentation of training are very specific and detailed. The exact details of those requirements can be found at this link.

The instructor for this course is Kenneth Smith, a Certified Health Physicist with substantial experience with transportation rules and regulations.

We have recently added to the course a section on regulations related to air transport of radioactive dangerous goods. The training will be based on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). Air cargo carriers are requiring proof that the shipper has completed IATA-based training before they will accept packages for air shipment.

For the Las Vegas course, we are offering our Radiation Safety Officer Refresher course during the same week and at the same location. Those who wish to attend both courses will get a reduced rate of $1700 as the total cost for both courses.

Course Outline for Transportation and Packaging of Radioactive Materials

1. Introduction and Transportation Regulatory Agencies

1.1. Basic philosophy of RAM transportation

1.2. IAEA, ICAO. IATA, DOT, NRC, U.S. Postal Service, State Agencies

1.3. Overview of revised (2004) 10CFR71 and 49CFR170-189

1.4. Overview of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (2005)

2. Applicability and Limitations

2.1. Definitions

3. Classification / Identification

3.1. A1/A2 System

3.2. Types of Material

3.3. Limited Quantities, Instruments, and Articles

4. Radiation, Contamination, and Activity Limits

4.1. Limits on Contents

4.2. Limits on Packages

4.3. Limits on Vehicles/Carriers

5. Packaging of Radioactive Materials

5.1. Standards for all Packages

5.2. Industrial Packages

5.3. Excepted, Type A, Type B, Fissile

5.4. LSA and SCO

6. Markings and Labels

6.1. Marking

6.2. TI

6.3. Hazard Label Categories

6.4. CSI

6.5. Handling Labels

7. Carrier Related Requirements

7.1. Exclusive Use

7.2. Placarding

7.3. Route Control

7.4. Advance Notification

8. Documents

8.1. Shipping Papers/Manifests

8.1.1. Air Waybills

8.1.2. Dangerous Goods Deceleration

8.1.3. Competent Authority Certificates

8.2. Emergency Response Information

8.3. Reports/Notifications

8.4. Record Retention

9. Programs

9.1. Quality Assurance/Control

9.2. Training

9.3. Export Requirements

Background Information

Roles of NRC and DOT

The transportation of radioactive materials is regulated jointly by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The responsibilities of the two agencies are generally divided as follows:

* DOT – Regulates shippers and carriers of hazardous materials, including radioactive material. It is responsible for such items as vehicle safety, routing, shipping papers, and emergency response information and shipper/carrier training requirements.

* NRC – Regulates users of radioactive material in 17 states (33 states regulate material within their borders) and approves the design, fabrication, use and maintenance of shipping containers for more hazardous radioactive material shipments. It also regulates the physical protection of commercial spent fuel in transit against sabotage or other malicious acts.

Transport of Radioactive Materials

The NRC requires radioactive materials to be shipped in accordance with the hazardous materials transportation safety regulations of DOT. Millions of packages of radioactive material are shipped throughout the United States annually by rail, air, sea, and over roads. They contain small quantities of radioactive material that are typically used in industry and medicine.

These packages are intended to provide a safe and economical means of transporting relatively small quantities of radioactive material. It is assumed that these packages could be damaged in an accident and that a portion of the contents could be released. The DOT regulations, therefore, prescribe limits on the maximum amounts of radioactivity that can be transported in these packages, such that doses from any accidents involving these packages will have no substantial health risks. Examples could include transport of smoke detectors, watch dials, radiopharmaceuticals, and slightly contaminated equipment such as syringes used to administer radiopharmaceuticals.