Radioactive Waste Disposal Education and Training
Learn proper disposal of radioactive wasteRadioactive waste treatment is an issue that affects many sectors of the economy. Beyond the nuclear power industry, disposing of radioactive waste safely and legally requires training for those involved in university and private research firms, hospitals and medical imaging centers, manufacturers of radioactive equipment and transportation firms involved in nuclear waste removal. A whole industry unto itself has grown up around this need, with nuclear waste storage companies and radioactive waste disposal companies hiring from many fields.
To prepare for or advance a career in nuclear and toxic waste disposal, or simply to review the regulations and protocols that affect employees working with radioactive materials, explore the following options in radioactive waste disposal education and training:
1. Acquire training in radioactive waste treatment that's tailored to your specific industry and job responsibilities.
2. Seek formal education and certification to advance a career in nuclear waste transportation or management with a radioactive waste disposal company.
3. Capitalize on the availability of online information about nuclear waste disposal for continuing education and on-the-job reference.
Get job-specific training in disposing of radioactive waste
Division of Research Safety at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, like many university labs, offers a 20-minute online tutorial with printable certificate for researchers who must handle radioactive waste disposal.
Undergo more thorough education in nuclear and toxic waste disposalFor professionals in nuclear waste disposal companies or those involved in the transportation of radioactive waste, more extensive training is often required by federal law. This specialized training is designed to deal with a range of issues in radioactive waste treatment, transportation and disposal.
Make use of online resources to review information about nuclear waste disposalEither as preparation for more formal radioactive waste disposal education and training or as a self-taught refresher course, you can make use of numerous online sources of nuclear waste disposal information.
Office of Environmental Health & Safety offers an online Radiation Safety Training Manual that addresses issues of nuclear waste. Companies and individuals looking for a comprehensive overview can download the publication Radioactive Waste: Production, Storage, Disposal from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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