receives a dose equivalent in excess of the radiation exposure standards specified in AR 40-14 and that
radiation exposures are maintained "As Low As Reasonably Achievable" (ALARA). Special
consideration must be given to the potential impact on adjacent operations including those operations
conducted near boundaries of military control or in leased facilities.
b. Implement and enforce compliance with the provisions incorporated herein (paragraph 9-9a(2)(a), AR
c. Appoint a qualified Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and Alternate to perform those functions specified
in AR 40-5, AR 40-14, and AR 385 11, and 10 CFR (paragraph 9-4b, AR 40-5). The authority of the
RSO to immediately halt unsafe operations and his direct access to the Commander shall be clearly
stated. The training and experience of the Radiation Safety Officer will be commensurate with the
hazards and will include a basic understanding of radiation protection principles and practices. As a
minimum, the formal training of the Radiation Safety Officer will be successful completion of the
Radiological Safety Course presented by the US Army Chemical School or its equivalent. (Training
required for a RSO to serve as the Radiation Safety Officer for radiography sources licensed by the NRC
may be much more comprehensive). (Equivalency will be determined by ATCOM, ATTN: AMSAT-R-
X, 4300 Goodfellow Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63120-1798 pursuant to paragraph 1-5a(1), AR 385-11 or by
the MAJCOM Radiation Control Officer). Organizationally, the RSO must be in a position to
effectively advise the commander and radiography personnel on matters of radiation protection.
Generally it is not desirable that the RSO be an operator, supervisor of operators, or under the
supervision of such individuals. To provide continuity of operation, an alternate Radiation Safety
officer shall also be appointed. Minimum training of Alternate RSOs shall be the same as for the RSO.
(Personnel from other services or MAJCOMs such as Health Physicists, Health Physics Technicians,
USAF Bioenvironmental Engineers or 4B071's (SEI 492), can, pursuant to Memorandums of
Understanding or Interservice Support Agreements, be authorized to provide radiation safety support for
d. Implement a radiation dosimetry program in accordance with AR 40-14. As an integral part of the
dosimetry program an individual must be designated, in writing, to serve as the done record custodian
to be responsible for preparing and maintaining the records of occupational exposure to ionizing
e. Appoint a Radiation Control Committee (RCC) and institute administrative procedures for its
operations. (Pursuant to AR 40-14, an RCC is required for all operations such as portable X-rays for
which radiation exposures are sufficiently high so as to mandate the dosimetry use).
f. Assure review and approval of plans and specifications for construction of new X-ray facilities or
modification of existing X-ray facilities by a qualified expert prior to construction/modification. (NRC
licensees must also assure prior NRC approval of all construction and modification activities) Upon
completion of construction/modification assure that a comprehensive radiation safety survey is
accomplished by a qualified expert prior to operation of the facility (paragraph 9-9b(10) and (11), AR
40-5 and paragraph 1-20e, AR 385-11).
g. Assure that procedures to be followed when an accident or incident occurs are defined, that individuals
are designated (in writing) to receive notice in the event of emergencies and that radiation accidents and
incidents are reported as specified by AR 385-40 and 10 CFR.
h. Assure that only qualified individuals operate radiography equipment. A qualified individual is one
who has completed training to qualify for Additional Skill Identifier "N2" and has demonstrated
competence to use radiography and related equipment to include radiation survey instruments. Further,
assure that operators perform "daily preoperational, operational and postoperational checks or surveys
to ensure proper radiation safety" (paragraph 9, AR 40-5).