This unit covers working safely with ionizing radiation when performing radiographic testing in a range of industrial applications.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - calculating and numerical operations within the scope of this unit; - reading and interpreting charts, written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents; - planning and sequencing operations; - checking and clarifying task-related operations; - checking for conformance to specifications; - using monitoring equipment; - calculating and monitoring radiation; - handling emergencies; - following safety requirements, and; - assessing risk.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - properties of X-rays and gamma rays and principal radioactive sources used in industrial radiography; - attenuation factors; - known biological effects of radiation; - general principles of gas ionisation, photographic effect, luminescence; - use of film, film badges, ionisation chamber devices, quartz fibre, fluorescent, electronic devices accuracy limits (energy/range); - different SI units of radiation including becquerel, sievert and gray; - exposure limits for personnel as laid down by the radiation authorities in Australia; - the three exposure reduction factors including: time, distance and shielding; - procedures for establishing safe working barriers; - relevant techniques and checks; - emergency procedures; - safety procedures; - emergency situations, causes and appropriate responses; - hazards and control measures associated with ionizing radiation, including housekeeping; - storage requirements of equipment and materials; - use and application of personal protective equipment; - safe workplace practices and procedures, and; - legal requirements.

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