OSHA Occupational Radiation Safety

9781932634198: OSHA Occupational Radiation Safety

This title is part of the UniversityOfHealthCare/ UniversityOfBusiness Interactive Training Library, which offers authoritative, clearly written material in an interactive form for better comprehension and documentation of completion. This course gives OSHA training specific to occupational situations and the OSHA regulations, including precautionary procedures, caution signs, labels, and signals, and overexposure reports. The course then goes into the fundamentals of radiation safety in more depth. It also includes extensive material on dealing with bioterrorism and emergency decontamination, incident response, victim care, and past catastrophes. It is comprehensive, simple, and clear, and has 3-6 hours of information and interactivity. 346 pages. You must have Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher running on your computer. Supported operating systems are Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, ME, 2000, or XP. You will need Internet access to e-mail us your unique key and receive a password key. License is for one user on one computer.

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Five Star Review of OSHA Occupational Radiation Safety Foreword Reviews, January 4, 2005

This combined book and CD training tool details Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations aimed at ensuring the safety of workers who, in various industries, come in contact with radiation as part of their job. These regulations, while stringent and sometimes confusing, are designed to protect a wide range of personnel at an equally wide range of workplace situations from the dangerous affects of exposure to radiation.

This exposure could come from many different sources, such as x-ray machines or laboratory by-products, and can effect those in mining and milling operations, fuel processing and fabrication, education and research, medical institutions, as well as those who work in the more obvious places of potential exposure such as nuclear fuel cycle facilities. All are covered here.

In great detail OSHA Occupational Radiation Safety Manual and CD describes the ways in which radiation exposure is measured (in Rads and Rems), the regulations that apply to workers under the age of eighteen and to workers who are pregnant, the use of restricted areas and the required signage and labeling, and the procedures for managers when the worst happens -- an overexposure.

An overexposure requires a swift response -- from addressing the medical needs of the worker to filling out and submitting the proper paperwork to OSHA. Authors Dr. Daniel Farb and Bruce Gordon describe in great detail the decontamination process, the requisite record-keeping, the regulations that surround the release of those records, and the type of damage victims of overexposure can face.

The methods of prevention of overexposure to radiation in the form of OSHA's mandatory precautionary protective strategies and the equipment needed to shield workers whose jobs require them to perform specific procedures with unstable radioactive isotopes are also described.

While the subject of this book is indeed a serious one, the question and answer format and the conversational writing style, as well as the professional graphics and well-designed software of the CD, make the information easily assimilated by those in the related fields.

As a cautionary note, which could inspire strict adherance to these OSHA regulations, included is a section on "Past Catastrophes" in which the Chernobyl disaster is detailed. Thousands perished due to excessive contamination by Cesium 137 and Strontium 90 from a nuclear reactor, and Russia is still dealing with the clinical consequences.

Radiation is invisible, powerful, and can be lifesaving in minute doses, though its overexposure effects can devastate within an instant, making a thorough understanding of its use crucial. OSHA Occupational Radiation Safety Manual and CD offers that understanding.

-Patricia Weber

About the Author:

M. Daniel Farb, M.D., CEO of UniversityOfHealthCare and UniversityOfBusiness, is a leader in the field of interactive management and healthcare e-learning. He received a BA in English Literature from Yale (where he set an academic record and studied with writers like Robert Penn Warren), an M.D. from Boston University, a degree in Executive Management from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, and is currently working on a degree at UCLA in International Trade. He is a practicing ophthalmologist. He also has received two patents in ophthalmology and is working on others, has worked with the World Health Organization in Geneva and the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. He has written scientific and popular articles, and has worked as a newspaper reporter. He helped Dr. Robbins edit one of the editions of Robbins' "Pathology" textbook for readability. He wrote an article on humor for the Massachusetts Review. He has experience in theater and television, including acting, directing, and stage-managing. He has programmed his own patient records database. He has written and edited hundreds of e-learning courses.

Dr. Farb is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, the AOJS, the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, the ASTD, the E-Learning Forum, the Southern California Biomedical Council, the PDA (Parenteral Drug Association), and the Medical Marketing Association.

Bruce Gordon is the Creative Director for UniversityOfHealthCare. After receiving a BA in Economics from UCLA, he began a freelance writing career that included technical writing (such as a manual for Princess Cruise Lines), stand-up comedy routines for nationally known comedians, and screenplay writing. He has done production support work with famous Hollywood personalities on such well-known productions as Aaron Spelling's "Dynasty" and "Love Boat" TV shows. An audio-visual software specialist, he is a versatile artist, with published works in a variety of media, including music, motion graphics, and digital video short film.

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