This series of modules can serve as a refresher training course for those students already proficient in radiological response. The refresher course should take from 6 to 8 hours to complete.
The reliance upon, and use of, radioactive material in agriculture, industry, and medicine continues to increase. As the manufacture, use, and disposal of radioactive material has increased, so has the need to transport it. Consequently, the potential for you as a responder to encounter an incident involving some type of radioactive material has increased. Having knowledge of radiological hazards, and the terminology used to describe them, will increase your ability to quickly recognize, safely respond, and accurately relay information during an incident involving radioactive material.
This course includes the following topics: radiological basics, biological effects, hazard recognition (markings, labels, and placards), initial response actions, radioactive material shipping packages, on-scene patient handling, radiological terminology and units, assessing package integrity, radiation detection instrumentation, and radiological decontamination.
If you are interested in pursuing the full 18-module MERRTT course as a classroom-based training session, please contact Ella McNeil, TEPP program manager, at Ella.McNeil@em.doe.gov or visit the TEPP webpage to view the national training schedule.