U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Health Physics Position on Task Qualification of HP Technicians
Title: Health Physics Position on Task Qualification of HP
See the memorandum from L. J. Cunningham to J. H. Joyner
(and others) dated September 20, 1991. Health Physics
Technicians (HPTs) may independently perform specific tasks
or job assignments if they meet the required prerequisites
and complete the required task qualifications of their
plant training programs. There are certain tasks and job
assignments, however, that require in-depth knowledge and
can only be performed by fully qualified ANSI technicians.
ANSI / ANS 3.1-1987, "Selection, Qualification and Training
of Personnel for Nuclear Power Plants," states that while
in an initial training program an HPT may not make
decisions (give authorization) or take actions affecting
plant safety until they meet the performance requirements
of the job position assigned. However, they may
independently perform specific tasks or job assignments for
which they are qualified.
HPTs are allowed to perform (without supervision) specific
tasks or job assignments (i.e., radiation surveys, swipe
surveys, air samples, and survey meter calibrations) if
they meet the required prerequisites and complete the
required task qualifications of their plant training
program. However, there are certain tasks that require
in-depth knowledge and can only be performed by fully
qualified and experienced personnel.
The following general items are examples of areas which a
non-fully qualified HPT should not be authorized to perform
- The free release of radioactive materials from
the restricted area.
- Approval of effluent release permits.
- Approval of radiation work permits.
- Receipt and shipping of radioactive material.
Also, as examples in the area of Emergency Preparedness, a
non-fully qualified HPT should not be authorized to:
- Lead emergency search and rescue teams.
- Lead environmental monitoring teams.
- Perform offsite dose assessment.
Each Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO)
accredited licensee training program will vary somewhat in
its approach on qualifying its HPTs. However, each program
should be based on a systems approach to training (SAT).
The SAT should include the following key areas: how were
criteria derived to select tasks to be done without
supervision, and how are HPTs evaluated against these
criteria to permit / authorize them to work unsupervised.
Regulatory references: ANSI / ANS 3.1-1987
Subject codes: 1.1, 1.2