AIRRS President Carl Tarantino
The primary objectives of the Section are to:
- disseminate information related to operational health physics and radiation safety programs,
- provide a forum for dealing with regulatory issues,
- promote professional development within radiation safety programs,
- develop consensus standards of practice for radiation safety programs, and
- provide for open lines of communication between Section members.
AIRRS 2nd Roundtable Session
The Academic, Industrial, and Research Radiation Safety (AIRRS) section will host its 2nd roundtable session virtually at the 66th annual Health Physics Society meeting. Several panelists will lead and moderate a 3-hour session engaging in a myriad of Health Physics discussions. The topics covered will include: health physics practices/challenges during COVID (led by Ike Hall), transitioning from Cesium to X-ray irradiators (led by Carolyn MacKenzie), Nano and other emerging technologies (led by Mark Hoover), health physics database software platforms (led by Mike Welling), and HP recruitment. An “open forum” segment will then allow for discussion of additional issues of current and emerging interest in the field of Health Physics. Mark Linsley will serve as the roundtable Emcee and Dan Arguello will act as Moderator. Polling software will be used to facilitate, motivate, and augment the organized discussions. Audience comments and questions will be encouraged. The intent of the Special Session is to help fellow radiation safety personnel and HP colleagues benchmark and find solutions to their day-to-day challenges, supporting the vision and mission of AIRRS.
Registration for the AIRRS Special Session, scheduled Thursday, July 22, 1-4pm (EDS)
, is available on the HPS website. The AIRRS annual business meeting will immediately follow the Special Session.
Carl Tarantino, CHP, RRPT
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Health Physics Society 2020 Virtual Workshop
The Academic, Industrial, and Research Radiation Safety Section (AIRRS) had a very successful roundtable session at the Health Physics Society 2020 Virtual Workshop. Did you join in? Thirteen panelists spent three hours hanging around the virtual water cooler and engaging in discussions on decommissioning/radwaste, generally licensed devices, air sampling, HP recruitment, and other miscellaneous topics. We were kept organized and on topic by our own Mark Linsley—great job, Mark! Special thanks to the other panelists: Bryan Edwards, Steve Grimm, Ike Hall, Bryan Lemieux, Patrick McDermott, Fred Mis, Troy Prutzman, Cathy Ribaudo, Caitlin Root, Greg Sackett, Dan Szatkowski, and Carl Tarantino. And a special thanks to all of you who witnessed the roundtable, joined in with your comments and questions, and supported the AIRRS' effort to launch this new idea. We hope everyone enjoyed the topical discussions and polls. Helping our fellow radiation safety officers and HP staff benchmark and find solutions to their day-to-day challenges is a big part of the AIRRS' mission. Who knows, perhaps this was the start of a new tradition.
Following the roundtable, AIRRS held its annual business meeting to report on several significant accomplishments and expenditures. Despite the cancellation of many events we intended to support, AIRRS was able to make a difference this year by funding the Public Information Committee and the virtual US Science and Engineering Festival. We continue to look for opportunities to offer grants, scholarships, career fair assistance, awards, and other outreach activities.
Please notify your friendly AIRRS officer if you have any feedback to share—we welcome your ideas and input.
Cathy Ribaudo, Section Secretary/Treasurer