RAC is passionate about its work and we believe in sharing our knowledge with anyone keen to learn. RAC has offered scientific courses for many years. Most recently, RAC presented a one-week training course on environmental risk assessment to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff from May 8 through 12, 2017, at the NRC Professional Development Center in Rockville, Maryland, a reprise of a course presented to NRC staff under the same contract from April 27 through May 1, 2015. RAC also presented a one-week course, titled “Radiological Risk Assessment for Decision Making, Compliance, and Emergency Response”, in Washington, D.C., in March 2012 and in March 2013. We have developed and presented courses designed to enhance the general knowledge of the audience on such topics as risk assessment, pathway analysis, risk-based decisions for corrective action, risk communication, and other areas of specific or general interest. We have organized and conducted technical workshops for local, state, and federal organizations and have incorporated workshops as part of risk communication activities to supplement and support stakeholder understanding of technical information and explain the process and findings of risk assessments. Such workshops have greatly increased the level of communication among the scientific community, decision makers, and the public.
Our courses and technical workshops are focused on general topics or specific areas of interest and provide appropriate resources to enhance the learning process. Our courses include hands-on training activities to enhance the learning process and recognized experts to address specific issues of interest. Where appropriate, software products conceived, developed, and tested by RAC are applied during our courses and workshops. Depending on the topic and content, we develop courses and workshops that are board-certified for continuing education credits from American Board of Industrial Hygiene, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, American Academy of Health Physics, and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Examples of courses that we have designed and taught include:
|Environmental Risk Assessment Course May 8 – 12, 2017, and April 27 – May 1, 2015, Rockville, MD. A one-week Environmental Risk Assessment Training course for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.|
|Radiological Risk Assessment for Decision Making, Compliance, and Emergency Response March 4-8, 2013, and March 5-9, 2012, Arlington, VA. A one-week course based upon the textbook “Radiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis” (Oxford University Press, 2008).|
|Radiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis June 22–26, 2009, Bristol, UK. RAC collaborated with ITC of Switzerland and the University of Bristol Risk Centre to present a one-week course based upon the textbook “Radiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis” (Oxford University Press, 2008).|
|Pathway Analysis and Risk Assessment for Environmental Compliance and Dose Reconstruction January 26–30, 2009, Washington, D.C. A one-week Environmental Risk Assessment Training Course for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.|
|Emerging Topics in Radiation Protection and Risk Assessment: Three Short Courses for Regulators and Radiation Health Specialists March 16–18, 2004, Kiawah Island, SC.|
Examples of workshops we have presented include:
|Calculating and Interpreting Doses and Risks for Individuals Exposed to Radionuclides Due to Historical Releases from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation February 21–22, 1996, Seattle, WA. RAC planned and coordinated this technical workshop for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address technical issues related to the Hanford Individual Dose Assessment (IDA) Project tool.|
|Issues Related to Estimating Doses Due to I-131 Releases to the Atmosphere from the Hanford Site August 13–14, 1997, Tacoma, WA. RAC planned and coordinated this technical workshop for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address four specific issues in an open, public forum.|
Relevant projects: NRC Training Courses