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Certificate Course in
Radiation Protection

These courses provide attendees with some basic & essential knowledge in radiation protection.  They consist of lectures, practicals, tutorials and a test. A certificate will be awarded to those who successfully complete the course and pass the final written test. It is one of the approved radiation protection training courses recognized by the Radiation Board of Hong Kong. The course will usually be held twice a year: in June and in December. Enrolment details will be announced around 2 months prior to the scheduled dates of the course.

We will provide two courses: Course Code RPC01: “Certificate Course in Ionising Radiation Protection” and Course Code RPC02: “Certificate Course in Ionising Radiation Protection and X-ray Protection”. RPC01 course is intended for applicants who will work with radioactive substances only while RPC02 course is intended for applicants who will work with both radioactive substances and irradiating apparatuses.

CONTENTS

Lectures:

1. Review on Basic Radioactivity

2. Quantities Used in Radiological Protection

3. Biological Effects of Radiation

3.1 Sequence of events in radiation damage

3.2 Stochastic effects

3.3 Deterministic effects

4. Philosophy of Radiation Protection

4.1 Sources of radiation

4.2 Current concept of protection

4.3 Dose limits for occupational exposure

5. External Hazard

5.1 Nature of the hazard

5.2 Protection from external radiation hazard

6. Radiation Monitoring devices

6.1 Radiation survey meters

6.2 Personnel dosimeters

7. Radiation Protection Management

7.1 In HKSAR Government

7.2 In HKU

8. Internal Hazard

8.1 Nature of the hazard

8.2 Principle of control

8.3 Secondary limits and derived limits

8.4 Protection from internal radiation hazard

9. Radioactive Waste Disposal

Experiments:

  • Methods of detecting radiation

  • Dose rate measurements for sealed sources

  • Effect of distance and shielding on dose rate

  • Laboratory monitoring

Course Structure:

  • 10 hours of lecture and tutorial plus 1 hour test

  • 2.5 hours of practical

CONTENTS

Lectures:

1. Review on Basic Radioactivity

2. Quantities Used in Radiological Protection

3. Biological Effects of Radiation

3.1 Sequence of events in radiation damage

3.2 Stochastic effects

3.3 Deterministic effects

4. Philosophy of Radiation Protection

4.1 Sources of radiation

4.2 Current concept of protection

4.3 Dose limits for occupational exposure

5. External Hazard

5.1 Nature of the hazard

5.2 Protection from external radiation hazard

6. Radiation Monitoring devices

6.1 Radiation survey meters

6.2 Personnel dosimeters

7. Radiation Protection Management

7.1 In HKSAR Government

7.2 In HKU

8. Internal Hazard

8.1 Nature of the hazard

8.2 Principle of control

8.3 Secondary limits and derived limits

8.4 Protection from internal radiation hazard

9. Radioactive Waste Disposal

10. Minimize External Hazard from X-ray

10.1 Production of X-rays

10.2 Working principle of an X-ray machine

10.3 X-ray attenuation and filtration

10.4 Structural shielding for an X-ray room

10.5 Working procedure to minimize exposure

10.6 Radiation monitoring

Experiments:

  • Methods of detecting radiation

  • Dose rate measurements for sealed sources

  • Effect of distance and shielding on dose rate

  • Laboratory monitoring

Course Structure:

  • 12 hours of lecture and tutorial plus 1 hour test

  • 2.5 hours of practical

Entry Requirement:

Postgraduate (Diploma/Certificate), proficiency in science subjects 

Medium of Instruction:

English

Lecturers and Tutors:

The University Radiation Protection Officer

Application for Enrolment:

  • Non-HKU staff & students please download and fill in the application form and email to rpuso@hku.hk

- Application Form of Certificate Course in Ionising Radiation Protection

(Course Code: RPC01 - course is intended for applicants who will work with radioactive substances only)

- Application Form of Certificate Course in Ionising Radiation Protection and X-ray Protection

(Course Code: RPC02 - course is intended for applicants who will work with both radioactive substances and irradiating apparatuses)

(HKUEMS): http://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/hkuevent.aspx

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