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Advanced Radiation Safety for EPA Emergency Responders
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

This 2-day advanced radiation safety course is designed to meet the advanced radiation safety training requirements for Emergency Responders as stated in U.S. EPA Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program (SHEMP) Guide 38, and the U.S. EPA Emergency Responder Health and Safety Manual. This course is intended for U.S. EPA Emergency Responders who engage in emergency response activities or manage a removal site where the potential for exposure to ionizing radiation exists. This course will provide emergency responders with essential tools and information necessary to address radiation responses and removal actions.

Participants who attend this course are expected to have met the basic radiation safety training requirements for emergency responders as stated in U.S. EPA Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program (SHEMP) Guide 38, and the U.S. EPA Emergency Responder Health and Safety Manual. Participants needing to meet the basic radiation safety training requirements and gain a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of radiation safety will benefit from attending the Radiation Safety Overview For Environmental Professionals course prior to attending this course.

Topics that are discussed include radiation detection equipment; initial site surveys; dose limits and control; regional health physics support; posting requirements; placard and labeling; and EPA's radiation response resources and assets.

Instructional methods include presentations, class discussions, demonstrations, and exercises that provide the use of hands-on radiation detection equipment.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss procedures and techniques that have been established for using radiation detection equipment.
  • Discuss initial site surveys and perform radiation surveys safely.
  • Implement procedures for securing expert radiation safety or health physics assistance.
  • Identify work practices and supervisory techniques that can be used to ensure employee exposure is as low as reasonably achievable.
  • Discuss procedures for allowing exposures that may exceed the Administrative Control Level of 500 mrem per year.
  • Identify EPA radiation response resources and assets.

The successful completion of an examination must be demonstrated by the student attaining a score of 80 percent or higher.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at

Continuing Education Units: 1.2

NOTE: The course training materials and duration may be modified based on regional needs. The presentation of this course is coordinated between the ERTP and the designated regional training coordinators. 


Enrollment for this course is limited to EPA personnel or by invitation

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.
For general information contact Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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