Radiation Awareness

The definition of radiation is energy moving through space. Although non-ionizing radiation is necessary for life, excessive exposure can harm tissue. Ionizing radiation can ionize atoms with enough energy to cause tissue damage by destabilizing molecules inside of cells.

Specific OSHA standards for general industry, maritime, and construction address ionizing radiation. OSHA’s Ionizing Radiation standards protect workers in:

  • General industry (29 CFR 1910.1096).
  • Construction (29 CFR 1926.53).
  • Shipyard employment (29 CFR 1915.57 and, to the extent it applies, 29 CFR 1910.1096).
  • Marine terminals (29 CFR 1910.1096, to the extent it applies).
  • Longshoring (29 CFR 1910.1096, to the extent it applies).

Goals of the Course

The goal of this course is to prepare employers and workers, who do not have emergency response duties as well as emergency responders, with direction to shield themselves and those around them in their workplaces in the occurrence of a radiation emergency.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for general industry.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for construction sector.

HAZWOPER training requirements for EPA and State OSHA guidelines.

Audience Specified

All employees and employers working at or near the source of radiation must attend this training program.

Learning Outcome:

The completion of this course will teach students to:

Training Topics:

Module 1


Module 2

Natural & Man-Made Background Sources of Radiation

Module 3


Module 4

Exposure Limits & Regulations

Module 5

Detection of Radiation

Module 6

Safe Practices with Radiation

Module 7

Biological Effects of Radiation

Module 8

Radiation Protection Program

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