United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Qualification (Experience) of Contractor Health Physics Technicians

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See the letter from W. M. Morrison to B. E. Leonard (President, Institute for Resource Management, Inc.) dated August 26, 1980. For contractor health physics technicians, two-thousand or more working hours in a period of not less than 40 weeks is acceptable as representing one year of experience. HPPOS-021 and HPPOS-022 contain related topics.

The NRC staff recognizes that contractor health physics technicians are utilized at many of the power reactor facilities and that considerable overtime is frequently associated with this work. In consideration of this situation, members of the staff of NRR and IE developed guidance for the application of man-hours to years of experience for use only in determining the qualification of contractor health physics technicians. This guidance recommends that 2,000 or more working hours accumulated during a total period of not less than 40 weeks is acceptable as representing one year of experience.

The type of work performed by the individuals, however, is important in determining whether the hours worked meet the requirements for work experience. In addition, work experience is only one of several criteria for qualification. Experience, education, training, and demonstrated proficiency are also required for qualification (see HPPOS-021 and HPPOS-022).

Regulatory references: Regulatory Guide 1.8

Subject codes: 1.1

Applicability: Reactors

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