United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Qualification of Radiation Protection Manager - Regulatory Guide 1.8, Revision 2

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See the memorandum from L. J. Cunningham to R. R. Bellamy (and others) dated August 24, 1989.

The minimum qualifications of the Radiation Protection Manager (RPM) at nuclear power plants should include four years of professional experience. At least three years of this professional experience should be in applied radiation protection work similar to that encountered at nuclear power stations, preferably at an actual nuclear power station.

Regulatory Guide 1.8, Revision 2, "Qualification and Training of Personnel for Nuclear Power Plants," includes Regulatory Position C.1.k: "The radiation protection manager should have the qualifications described in Section 4.44 of ANSI / ANS 3.1-1981 with the clarification that three of the four years experience in applied radiation protection should be professional-level experience."

ANSI / ANS 3.1-1981 includes the requirement that at least three of the four years experience in applied radiation protection "... shall be in applied radiation protection work on a nuclear facility dealing with radiological problems similar to those encountered in nuclear power plants, preferably in a nuclear power plant."

To clarify the intent of Regulatory Position C.1.k in Regulatory Guide 1.8, Revision 2, the three years experience "... in applied radiation protection work in a nuclear facility ..." should all be professional level experience. This is consistent with the earlier position of Revision 1 in Regulatory Guide 1.8 that "at least three years of this professional experience should be in applied radiation protection work in a nuclear facility dealing with radiological problems similar to those encountered in nuclear power stations, preferably in an actual nuclear power station." In preparing Revision 2, there was no intention to change the position of Revision 1.

Regulatory references: ANSI / ANS 3.1-1981, Regulatory Guide 1.8

Subject codes: 1.1, 1.2

Applicability: Reactors

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