This course is designed to provide a background for recognizing health risks from nonionizing radiation (laser and radio frequency radiation) sources and for establishing effective control measures for these hazards. Particular emphasis is placed upon the hazards that are most commonly encountered within the Department of the Army.
The course is designed for Active and Reserve Component officers/enlisted, other uniformed services (officer/enlisted), Department of the Defense civilians. Foreign nationals and other governmental agency personnel are also eligible to attend.
The subject matter presented includes: interaction of optical radiation with matter; sources and biological effects of optical radiation; optical radiation measurements and calculations; hazards from non-laser high intensity light sources; laser hazard classification; medical laser safety; development of laser protection standards; eye protective filters; ultraviolet radiation hazards and permissible exposure levels; laser range controls; laser laboratory controls; radio frequency radiation (RFR) (including microwave frequency bands) sources and systems; RFR generation and propagation along transmission lines and in free space; antennas and radiation patterns; RFR power density calculations; biological effects of RF radiation; current electromagnetic field issues, including standards; exposure limits and control procedures for RFR sources; RFR exposure evaluation and site survey, including responsibility for the RF Protection Program; Radiation Protection Officer responsibilities; RFR instrumentation; RFR Workshop - Developing the RFR Protection Program: Control Procedures and Authority. Particular emphasis is placed on recognizing nonionizing hazards that are most commonly encountered within the Department of the Army.
Please be advised that all presentations, labs, and case study exercises must be fully attended and a minimum passing score of 70% must be achieved on the exam to receive a certificate of completion.