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HPS's Eric Goldin: On health physics
Eric Goldin, president of the Health Physics Society, is a radiation safety specialist with 40 years of experience in power reactor health physics, supporting worker and public radiation safety programs. A certified health physicist since 1984, he has served on the American Board of Health Physics, and since 2004, he has been a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements’ Program Area Committee 2, which provides guidance for radiation safety in occupational settings for a variety of industries and activities. He was awarded HPS Fellow status in 2012 and was elected to the NCRP in 2014.
Goldin’s radiological engineering experience includes ALARA programs, instrumentation, radioactive waste management, emergency planning, dosimetry, decommissioning, licensing, effluents, and environmental monitoring.
The HPS, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is the largest radiation safety society in the world. Its membership includes scientists, safety professionals, physicists, engineers, attorneys, and other professionals from academia, industry, medical institutions, state and federal government, the national laboratories, the military, and other organizations.
The HPS’s activities include encouraging research in radiation science, developing standards, and disseminating radiation safety information. Its members are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling the potential risks from radiation relative to the benefits.
Goldin talked about the HPS and health physics activities with Rick Michal, editor-in-chief of Nuclear News.
Antonio Ballesteros, Radian Sanda, Michael Maqua, Jean-Luc Stephan
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 184 | Number 4 | December 2016 | Pages 575-583
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE16-80
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
An in-depth analysis of maintenance-related events was performed by screening four different databases. The events cover the period 2002 to 2013. A total of 921 events were selected for analysis. An examination of the selected events resulted in their classification into nine categories or groups (e.g., plant state, type of maintenance, affected component, root cause, etc.). For further analyses, the categories were divided into families and, if necessary, into subfamilies. One of the event classifications was according to the type of maintenance (periodic, predictive, planned, and corrective). The data analysis indicated that 47% of the events reported were related to periodic maintenance. The main affected components were valves (with 33% of the events), followed by electric power components (23%). The main root causes observed are maintenance performed incorrectly (27%), deficiencies in written procedures or documents (19%), and deficiencies in management or organization (17%). Regarding the impact on safety, the dominant family is potential effects on safety function (57%), followed by significant effect on operation (20%).