[ RadSafe ] x-rays or whatever

Johanning, Jeffrey R. JEFFREY.R.JOHANNING at saic.com
Tue Oct 19 17:43:17 CDT 2010

I agree that we do get all wrapped around the axle about these terms.
However, (at least in CA) we are locked into this fundamental
difference.  The CA regulations for radiation safety training for
radiographers (which much of the training material generally slumps over
to non-radiography) require that the units of dose and quantity of
activity be covered.  I guess the level of semantics would be left up to
the trainer's discretion.

(not worth 2 cents) :)

Jeffrey R. Johanning
Health Physicist V/RSO

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  My two cents worth.

I have been to a lot of training courses for non-technical responders.

HPs, in my opinion tend to get wrapped around the axle, so to speak, 
about precise terms.

I get annoyed when a CHP lectures to emergency responders, radiation 
workers, etc. about, for example, the difference between a rad and 
Roentgen, because the students don't care, don't need to know, and, most

importantly won't remember.

The regulators don't care generally, and for most industrial and 
emergency responders purposes, a distinction without a difference.

So likewise, xray, x-ray, photon, x-radiation, etc., it does not matter 
in 'industrial' training.

Its like arguing over radiological health, radiation health, or health 

Conrad I. Sherman, CHP
4163 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, California 94720-1730
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