United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Question 31: Are students and volunteers subject to the

occupational dose limits? For example, nuclear medicine

students, or "candy stripers" that transport nuclear

medicine patients or perform volunteer work in a nuclear

medicine department.

Answer: Occupational dose is defined in revised Part 20

as "the dose received by an individual in a restricted area

or in the course of employment in which the individual's

assigned duties involve exposure to radiation . . ." In the

question above, the individual's assigned duties do involve

exposure to radiation as a necessary feature of those

duties; therefore, the students and volunteer are subject

to the occupational dose limits. (Reference: 10 CFR

20.1003, 10 CFR 20.1201)

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