MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITATION OF RADIATION SAFETY ADVISERS (RSA)/CONSULTANT
All licensees should appoint one or more suitably qualified person or an organization as RSA to advise on all matters concerning radiation safety and security of sources in the use and operation of all radiation producing sources under its control. The RSA sometimes referred to as “qualified expert in radiation protection” should also advise the licensee on regulatory matters in so far as they relate to radiation safety and security of sources in the facility.
1. Qualifications and Experiences of the RSA
The RSA should be experienced in matters of radiological safety and security of sources and should have such theoretical training as would ensure the necessary knowledge of the properties of ionizing radiation and its effects on humans and the environment. The RSA must have a thorough understanding of hazards of ionizing radiation, working practices of the area he/she wishes to advise on, detailed working knowledge of regulatory provisions, relevant codes of practice and radiation protection standards. A good communication skills and show of willingness to keep up-to-date with developments in the area of radiation protection are also important qualities.
A prospective RSA must have any of these qualifications:
An institution wishing to serve as corporate RSA must have at least two persons with any of the above mentioned qualifications. University Departments that have suitably qualified staff may also serve. For corporate RSA, an officer with the relevant qualification must be designated as representative RSA for the purpose of discharging the duties that are expected of the RSA.
2. Responsibilities of the RSA
An RSA should be able to train and advise on the following:
3. Conditions of Appointment
It would be important to note that RSA position is not a contractor job. It is more specifically a consultancy in radiation protection and nuclear safety only. Employers must determine the specific qualifications of the consultants they wish to engage. NNRA does not dictate to operators who to appoint as RSA, but accreditation of RSA is to fulfil the quality management condition for hiring qualified staff for the radiation and nuclear industry.
Appointment of an RSA does not in any way imply that the operating organization should delegate the responsibility for compliance with regulations and international standards to the RSA. The appointment can be on part-time basis and the RSA need not necessarily be a full-time employee of the organization but should be available to give advice and help when required.