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July word from our Executive Director, Ruth McBurney

Friday, August 5, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Greetings from the Executive
Director 

Ruth McBurney, CHP 

As the new CRCPD Board year begins, I want to take this opportunity to thank those who have served on the Board last year and have either rotated off the Board or are continuing to serve. This group of volunteers were really active and worked hard to advance the CRCPD as an organization and advise the working groups as they addressed a myriad of radiation control issues, produced white papers, guidance and model state regulations. Also, thanks to the many working group leaders and members who worked on all those challenges. I want to extend a special thanks to all the speakers, moderators, and participants that made our National Conference on Radiation Control in Lexington in May outstanding. It was great to see so many familiar faces and new colleagues as well. Thorughout this issue of the Newsbrief, we have included some photos from the conference, including a gathering of Past Chairpersons persent at the Chairperson’s Reception, as well as recipients of this year’s top awards. I look forward to working with the new Board of Directors as we work on new strategies this year and complete several porjects currently in progress. Many of the projects have been “in the works” for quite a long period of time and aer nearing finalization. Two major committee/joint CRCPD and federal projects completed or nearing completion as of the end of June 2016 are:

• The Nationwide Evaluation of X-Ray Trends (NEXT) Tabulation and Graphical Summary of the 2008-2009 Cardiac Catheterization Survey. This was published electronically and made available on the CRCPD website on June 29, 2016.

• SSRCR Part H: Radiation Safety Requirements for Non- Medical Radiation Generating Devices. These model regulation have been undergoing major revision and even re-naming. With the increased use of radiation machines for security purposes, including body scanners, these regulations will be an important resource for states in regulating non-medical radiation machines.

In addition, we are getting closer to launching our new CRCPD website with additional uses for members, working gorups, and the staff. We are currently in the process of transitioning to new software that should make sharing of information among working group members more efficient and registering for events easier. We plan to give everyone a heads up and more information through a broadcast e-mail when we are ready to go live.

In addition to all the ongoing projects and programs in CRCPD, it is not too early to think about the topics you would like to have discussed at the next National Conference on Radiation Control in May 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. We will soon be sending out a request for abstracts. The Program Planning Committee will meet in November of this year to start the planning porcess. We need your input both on training needs and topics to cover next year—send us your ideas and topics for presentations, as we continue to work toward meeting the needs of the members at the confeernces and all throughout the year.

Have a great summer!


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