Skip to content

Latest Issue of Radiation Safety Counseling News

Click on the link below to see Ray’s most recent newsletter release.

http://conta.cc/2ddU85j

Advertisements

Ray Johnson Receives Prestigious Founders Award

Read about the award Ray Johnson received from the Health Physics Society as reported in our most recent Radiation Safety Counseling News

What Happened to 2015?

It might appear that we missed 2015 since we have not posted anything on this blog since late 2014. Rest assured we have been busy at the Radiation Safety Counseling Institute.

In 2015, Ray Johnson conducted 16 professional presentations and training sessions along with authoring four published articles. The presentations and articles are listed below in date order (most recent first). If you would like view/download/print any of the documents associated with Ray’s work, you will find them on our website at http://radiationcounseling.org/news.html.

Randomness and Understanding of Stochastic Risk Assessments. A two-hour presentation for 12 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Professional Enrichment Program. PEP – Th-3. Thursday, 12:15 – 2:15 pm, July 16, 2015. Included a handout of 27 pages.

Common Errors in Radiation Measurements and Safety Decisions. A 15 minute presentation to over 150 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. THAM-B.3. Thursday, 9 AM, July 16, 2015. Included a handout of 7 pages.

60+ Years of Radiation Fears Driven by Imagination and Mythology. A 30 minute invited presentation to about 150 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Special Session on the 60th Anniversary of the HPS. WPM – A.1.  Wednesday, July 15, 2015.  Included a handout of 9 pages.

How to Deal with Worker Concerns for NORM. A 30 minute invited presentation to over 100 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Special Session on NORM. TPM-B.5, Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  Included a handout of 10 pages.

Common Errors in NORM Measurements. A 30 minute invited presentation to over 100 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Special Session on NORM TPM-B.4, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Included a handout of 10 pages.

Professional Ethics and Truth in Radiation Risk Communications. A 30-minute presentation to about 100 for the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN . American Academy of Health Physics Special Session on Professional Ethics. TAM-B.4 Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  Included a handout of 11 pages.

Why Telling People the Truth About Radiation is NOT Working. A one-hour presentation for about 150 at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Continuing Education Lecture, CEL – 1. Monday, 7 – 8 AM, July 13, 2015.  Included a handout of 19 pages.

Why People Do NOT Believe Our Best Radiation Risk Estimates. A 60-minute presentation to 28 for the Health Physics Society Professional Development School on Estimation of Radiological Risks at  Purdue University, Lafayette,  IN. Friday, July 10, 2015. Included a handout of 23 pages. 

How to Avoid Errors of Measurements and Interpretation for NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials).  A 30 minute presentation to about 100 at Round Table 230 on Radiation Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry at the American Industrial Hygiene Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. June 3, 2015.  Included a handout of 15 pages.

How to Respond to Quick Decisions for Radiation Safety. A 20 -minute presentation to about 100 at Podium Session – 108, Physical Hazards, at the American Industrial Hygiene Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah June 1, 2015.  Included a handout of 12 pages.

Dealing with Fears of Radiation from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM). A 20- minute presentation to about 100 at Podium Session – 108, Physical Hazards, at the American Industrial Hygiene Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah June 1, 2015. Included a handout of 12 pages.

Oilfield Worker NORM Safety – A Few Observations. A six page paper written for general information. May 28, 2015

Why Telling the Truth about Radiation is NOT Working. A 30-minute lecture presented to about 70 attendees at the Annual Meeting of the Baltimore – Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, Rockville, Maryland on Friday, May 8, 2015. Included a handout of 17 pages.

Handbook for Survival – Saving Lives During Radiation Release and Other Disasters. Review of a book by Allen Brodsky.. Health Physics Journal, April 2015, Vol 108. Issue 4, Page 480.

Why Our Natural Intuitive Processes Fail for Radiation Risk Assessments – A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program presented to about 100 at the Health Physics Society midyear meeting in Norfolk, VA February 4, 2015. Included a handout of 58 pages.

Is Telling the Truth the Answer to Effective Radiation Risk Communications – A one-hour Continuing Education Lecture presented to about 30 at the Health Physics Society midyear meeting in Norfolk, VA February 4, 2015. Included a handout of 21 pages.

How Randomness Affects our Decisions for Radiation Safety– A 15 minute presentation to about 150 at the Health Physics Society midyear meeting in Norfolk, VA February 2, 2015. Included a handout of 6 pages.

How Randomness Affects our Decisions for Radiation Safety – A two-hour Professional Enrichment Program presented to about 15 at the Health Physics Society midyear meeting in Norfolk, VA February 1, 2015. Included a handout of 48 pages.

New Frontiers in Radiation Risk Communication A six- page article on the Special Session chaired for the American Academy of Health Physics in July 2014 and published in the CHP Corner of the HPS Newsletter, November 2014

Ethics of Radiological Protection in Public Communications – Is Telling the Truth the Answer? A four page article published in Redaktionsplan Schwerpunktthema, Strahlenschutz PRAXIS 4/2014 – Stand 24.07.2014 at the request of Dr. Renate Czarwinski, President of the International Radiation Protection Association. November 2014.

Radiation Instruments – New Technology and Developments

In July 2014, Ray organized and chaired a two-day Professional Development School for the Health Physics Society at the annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. The program focused on radiation instruments and included presentation from 20 speakers. The school was attended by 90 students.

Ray offered a presentation titled, Interpretation of Radiation Measurements – Defensibility and Pitfalls.   This 30-minute presentation addressed issues with:

  • interpreting radiation measurements,
  • steps for defensible measurements,
  • axioms on measurements

To view the handout materials (in PDF) click on the link http://radiationcounseling.org/docs/Defensibility.pdf

Ray’s Presentations at the AIHCe

Ray made two presentations during the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s annual Conference and Exhibition that was held in San Antonio, Texas back in June. Handouts (in PDF) for his presentations can be found on his website by clicking on the links in parentheses below.

  • Interpretation of Radiation Measurements and Memorial Tribute to Dr. Herman Cember.  A 45-minute presentation to about 40 at Round Table 212 on Managing Radiation Safety Programs with a 21-page handout.(http://radiationcounseling.org/docs/CemberTribute.pdf)
  • Interpretation of Radiation Measurements for Safety Decisions.  Podium Session 126 on Measurement Techniques for Non-ionizing and Ionizing Radiation. A 30 minute presentation to about 50 at the meeting with a handout of 11 pages. (http://radiationcounseling.org/docs/AIHce2014.pdf)

How We Make Decisions for Radiation Safety and are Prone to Errors

Ray made a one-hour presentation to about 150 as the invited keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Canadian Radiation Protection Association, Vancouver, BC on May 27, 2014.

His presentation included a handout of 41 pages. You can view or download the PDF by going to
http://radiationcounseling.org/docs/CRPA2014.pdf

Presentations at the Health Physics Society Midyear Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA

Earlier this year Ray conducted two presentations and one continuing education lecture at the Midyear Meeting for the Health Physics Society. Click on the links below to view the presentation and handout materials for each topic.

As always, your questions or feedback are welcomed.