Standard Historical Last Updated: Jul 31, 2020
ASTM E1168-95(2013)

Standard Guide for Radiological Protection Training for Nuclear Facility Workers

Significance and Use

4.1 The purpose of this guide is to define the elements of a radiological protection training program that will enable a radiation worker, upon completion of training, to achieve the following:

4.1.1 Understand the relative health and safety risks associated with the types and levels of radiation that may be encountered during the work assignment in radiologically controlled areas,

4.1.2 Complete the forms and records necessary to be permitted to function as a radiation worker,

4.1.3 Practice the necessary monitoring and contamination control techniques to minimize exposure to radiation or radioactive materials, or both, and

4.1.4 Practice work habits that will minimize the impact of radiation or radioactive materials, or both, upon the workplace and surrounding environments.

4.2 The standardization of radiation worker radiological protection training provides the individual radiation worker with a greater assurance that the training received is adequate to minimize radiation exposure, to enable the worker to work safely in a radiologically controlled area, and to meet applicable regulations.

4.3 The standardization of radiation worker radiological protection training prevents unnecessary retraining of radiation workers.

4.4 This guide should be used as the basis for establishing a radiological protection training program for radiation workers at nuclear facilities.


1.1 This guide covers general recommendations with respect to standard work practices, procedures, and measurement methods for the radiological protection portion of health and safety training for radiation workers at nuclear facilities. This guide defines the elements of a training program for radiation workers consistent with the philosophy that occupational radiation exposure be kept as low as is reasonably achievable (ALARA). Regulatory agencies have statutory responsibilities to promulgate regulations applying to the training of workers exposed to radiation hazards. This guide shall not take precedence over any such regulations.

1.2 This guide is intended to help ensure that the employer provides the radiation worker with radiological protection training that the worker needs to work safely in a radiologically controlled area and to maintain radiation exposure ALARA.

1.3 The scope of radiological protection training shall be related to the duties and responsibilities of each radiation worker and shall be commensurate with potential radiological protection problems in the radiologically controlled area.

1.4 This guide is also intended to provide guidance that will enable an evaluation of the effectiveness of the radiological protection training program toward achieving the purpose stated in Section 4.

1.5 This guide does not cover the more detailed training requirements for radiation protection professionals or technicians.

1.6 This guide provides reference to the type of radiological protecting training records that should be created, and recommends retention periods for radiological protection training records.

1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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Book of Standards Volume: 12.02
Developed by Subcommittee: E10.03
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/E1168-95R13
ICS Code: 13.280