Radiation Safety (RADS) NEW
Available as a one-year program
- Program Code
One-year Ontario College Certificate
- Start Date
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Radiation safety technicians and specialists may be responsible for:
- Tracking and recording radioactivity levels in various environments.
- Overseeing on-site safety.
- Performing safety audits and tests.
- Conducting inspections of workplace equipment, structures and materials.
- Training personnel on proper radiation safety measures and procedures.
- Communicating possible occupational safety hazards.
- Ensuring compliance with safety regulations.
- Monitoring and investigating any exposure-related incidents or accidents.
- Ensuring proper documentation of safety procedures.
How You'll Learn
The Radiation Safety program will include instruction in the following:
- Radiation physics
- Environmental radioactivity
- Radiological instrumentation
- Electronics of radiation detection equipment
- Radioactive waste management and control
- Safety and handling procedures
- Decontamination procedures
- Radioactivity testing and analysis
- Communication skills
- First Year - Semester One
- RADS1000 Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- This course will prepare students for effective and efficient communication within the workplace. Students will learn conflict management strategies, effective decision making, group decision making, problem solving and teamwork skills all with a view to ensuring safe and efficient operation within a nuclear facility.
- RADS1002 Computer Applications for Radiation Safety
- This introductory computing course will develop skills necessary for college and vocational success. It will include word processing, effective email, internet research, spreadsheets and presentation software.
- RADS1004 General Sciences
- This course introduces theory relative to radiation and nuclear reactions. It includes chemistry and physics.
- RADS1003 Introduction to Radiation
- This course introduces atomic structure, radioactivity and radiation detection, and identification, nuclear reactions, interactions with matter and fission reactors.
- RADS1006 Radiation Instrumentation 1
- This course introduces students to instruments used to detect and measure radiation levels. Students will learn basic operation of equipment, technical design and calibration of equipment including ionization chambers, proportional and Geiger counters, scintillation counters, solid state detectors and dosimeters.
- RADS1001 Radiation Math
- This course introduces basic mathematical skills necessary for a radiation safety professional. It includes scientific applications involving exponents, equations and logarithms.
- RADS1005 Radiation Protection
- This course introduces students to the risks of radiation exposure, the impact of radiation on living organisms, the impact to the human body, the measurement of radiation dosages, the biological effects of radiation and the fundamentals of radiation protection programs within industry.
- First Year - Semester Two
- RADS1010 Contamination Control
- This course covers practical and theoretical personal protection strategies for working in radioactive environments. It will introduce students to the use of various radiation instruments, protective clothing, respirators, control at the source techniques and decontamination practices.
- RADS1009 Physics and Health in Radiation
- This course includes the practical application of Radiation Math 1, which taught mathematical skills in the calculation of dosage, dose rates, shielding requirements and committed dose for both external and internal hazards. It also covers instrument threshold analysis and gamma spectrum analysis.
- RADS1008 Radiation Instrumentation 2
- This course provides hands-on experience in the use of portable and fixed radiation measurement instruments. It includes standard documentation practices and considerations relative to accurate readings as well as practical application assessment.
- RADS1011 Radiation Safety
- This course introduces workplace safety legislation and requirements specific to nuclear facilities and their application within the workplace. Procedural documentation is also introduced.
- RADS1007 Science for Radiation
- This course builds on the theoretical and scientific grounding relative to radiation and nuclear material.
- RADS1012 Site Systems, Work Practices and Planning
- This course will introduce students to basic nuclear systems in a typical CANDU reactor, the various radiation hazards, and how hazards can change. A radioactive work plan will be completed and will include ALARA applications.
- RADS1013 Statistics
- This course builds upon foundational math skills and, in addition, includes graphing, statistics and trigonometry.
*Courses subject to change.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2018 – 19)
- Domestic Tuition/Ancillary Fees: $4,322.54 (two semesters)
- Additional costs, such as travel and parking, may be incurred.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level*
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
*OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the basic level; or with Workplace or Open courses, applicants will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; or Mature Student status eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing.
Recommended academic preparation
- Mathematics and sciences
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
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