Associate Director Radiation Safety Officer

Lantheus Medical Imaging

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Somerset, NJ

Job Description

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Job Overview:


The Radiation Safety Officer will be responsible to lead, implement, manage and monitor the Radiation Protection (RP) at the site level. The position objective is to ensure the radiological safety of employees, contractors, and members of the public, through the safe manufacturing, testing and distribution of radioactive product in compliance with federal, state and local radiation safety regulations. This position proactively manages compliance with RP/EHS policies and regulations including NRC, NJ DEP Bureau of Environmental Radiation and OSHA, EPA and equivalent NJ regulations for the Somerset New Jersey site. The RSO is expected to develop and foster internal client relationships and engagement with Lantheus RP and EHS programs to minimize employee risks of occupational injury/illness and environmental impact of our business. This position will require technical application of RSO responsibilities to include weekly and monthly confirmatory surveys and records review.  

Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions

  • Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for Lantheus’ Somerset, NJ radioactive materials license with the authority to enforce radiological policies and procedures regarding radiation safety and regulatory compliance in the use and handling of radioactive materials.
  • Conduct required confirmatory surveys and train employees to conduct surveys
  • Able to perform complex dosimetry evaluations for internal exposure, external exposure and skin contamination events and ensure proper documentation of evaluations and dose assignments.
  • Evaluate/recommend radiation safety controls for proposed new operations and facilities, or upgrades for existing operations, in accordance with ALARA principles, using experience, technical knowledge and software applications.
  • Develop and present radiation safety training programs to individuals and groups, including introductory radiation safety training, advanced training, and special topic/audience training as needed.
  • Maintain RP Program surveys and compliance records to assure they are complete, legible and timely, to maintain awareness of radiological conditions, and to detect non-routine trends or conditions that may warrant further investigation.
  • Represent the RP Program in radiological incident investigations and project committees to ensure radiation safety concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Facilitate annual audit of the radiation protection program review.
  • Review draft radiological investigation reports for thoroughness of investigation, clarity, determination of root causes and appropriate corrective actions. Perform as the RP representative for the investigation team.
  • Designated point of contact for regulatory inspections of licensed operations. Responsible to communicate with state and federal regulatory agencies as needed. Ensure site maintains compliance with existing and proposed radiation safety regulations and standards that may affect operations. Advise management and escalate as needed.
  • Maintain awareness of evolving technologies in radiation detection, dosimetry, and HP computer software applications.
  • Provide technical Health Physics support to radioactive operations as needed.
  • Participate in the site emergency response team by leading emergency response team members, coordinating and/or providing technical information and guidance as the Incident Commander/Emergency Response Coordinator during radiological emergencies.
  • Provide manufacturing and site support for off hour or unscheduled batch runs as necessary, including periodic weekend support.
  • Actively promotes safety rules and awareness. Demonstrates good safety practices at all times including the appropriate use of protective equipment.  Reports and takes initiative to correct radiation safety hazards. 
  • Ensure appropriate cross training is conducted with site technicians, supervisors and/or EHS manager to provide coverage during planned absences.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Health Physics/Radiological Sciences from accredited college.
  • Certified Health Physicist certification by the American Board of Health Physics a plus.
  • Seven to Ten years of direct health physics experience, preferably within a complex manufacturing or research environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of health physics and radiation protection theory and practice.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate problems and solutions to workers and management and maintain positive, effective interpersonal relations.
  • Experience in delivering focused customer service to all levels within the business environment.
  • Effectively integrate activities across multiple areas by generating consensus-based decisions and using influence with multiple high level managers within various organizations. Effective utilization of stakeholder engagement at the worker level, up to and including Vice President and President/CEO level.
  • Considerable ability to work on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of business trends and organizational objectives.
  • Proven track record as a subject matter expert by internal and external RP/EHS professionals and internal business colleagues.
  • Ability to assess and operate in hazardous, controlled environments including radiological fields and confined areas.
  • Ability to wear respiratory protection for periods of time, as needed.
  • Ability to lift, push and pull objects up to 25 lbs.