RPA tackles gruelling half marathon in memory of lifelong friend
ARPS RPA Rory Jamieson is to run a gruelling half marathon in aid of a charity close to the heart of his late friend David Trail.
David, a software developer from Daviot, Aberdeenshire, became a staunch supporter of MND Scotland after losing his father Brian to the progressive terminal illness in 2011.
When David died suddenly of an unknown cause earlier this year, just two days before his 28th birthday, a group of his lifelong friends decided to pick up the gauntlet and continue David’s journey to raise awareness of the condition in his place.
The six-strong team have already raised more than £2,500 for MND Scotland.
Rory, 28, will run the Glentress Half Marathon on November 17 as his contribution to the cause.
Sibling Kirsty Jamieson, 30, has already taken part in the Great Scottish Swim, at Loch Lomond, on Saturday August 25, completing a 5km swim in 1 hour 36 minutes.
On the same day, James Lindsay, 29, cycled the 152km Skye Mor Sportive in six hours and 15 minutes.
The final leg of this epic fundraising challenge will take place on December 2, when Joe Sparshatt, 29, William Fletcher, 28, and Richard Core, 29, take on the Valencia Marathon.
Rory, who was friends with David from the age of seven and shared a flat with him while they were at Edinburgh University, said: “Losing David was a huge blow to all of us and I still don’t think I have come to terms with it – he was one of my best friends for 20 years.
“He was effectively a member of the family and not a day goes by without him being in my thoughts.”
MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles.
This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.
If you’d like to support Rory and the team, you can sponsor them at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/square0wnz
Physical science graduates invited to join ARPS
An opportunity has arisen to join ARPS as a trainee Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA), helping to deliver the next and future generation of radiation protection services in the UK and abroad.
We are looking for a trainee RPA willing to work towards RPA 2000 certification and eventually Radioactive Waste Advisor (RWA) accreditation. (see www.rpa2000.org.uk for more information)
The full-time post offers an exciting opportunity to work with a wide range of companies and organisations, primarily in the oil and gas industry but also with vets, dentists and research institutions, as well as other industrial users of ionising radiation. ARPS also advises on the use of non-ionising radiation.
The right candidate would join our team of six fully-qualified RPA / RWAs based in Scotland’s third largest city, which lies at the heart of picturesque north-east Scotland.
This vibrant region is an excellent base for exploring some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes, from pretty seaside towns and rugged cliffs to the peaks and glens of Cairngorm National Park. The city itself is a lively cultural hub with a bustling nightlife and busy music and arts scene.
The post would initially involve working in the UK but with experience, opportunities to work abroad for short periods would also arise.
As your training progresses, you would assist in offering day-to-day advice on radiation protection and compliance with the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17) as well as carrying out site visits, compliance audits and other offshore support.
As you develop, you will prepare and review radiation management procedures and radiological risk assessments as well as providing radiation protection training to clients.
Applicants must be highly-motivated, enthusiastic and well organised. The position also requires a high level of personal interaction so excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
If you want to join this growing and dynamic team of professionals, please email your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
ARPS announces exciting job opportunity
Aberdeen Radiation Protection Services is recruiting for a new Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA). The job offers an exciting opportunity to work with a wide array of companies and organisations both in the UK and abroad, primarily in the oil and gas sector, but also in the medical, and higher education fields. The right candidate would join our team of six fully-qualified RPAs and RWAs based in Scotland’s third largest city, which lies at the very heart of picturesque north-east Scotland. This vibrant region is an excellent base for exploring some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes, from pretty seaside towns and rugged cliffs to the peaks and glens of the Cairngorm National Park.
The job involves:
Offering day-to-day advice on radiation protection and compliance with the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17)
Preparation and review of radiation management procedures and radiological risk assessments
Preparation of environmental permit applications to the various UK environment agencies (SEPA / EA) including environmental impact and BPM assessments
Teaching, both on-site and at our new premises in Westhill
Site visits and compliance audits
Support and lead opportunities for special projects
The post would suit a qualified RPA looking to develop their career in radiation protection. Excellent salary and benefits are offered, including a substantial relocation package. If you want to be part of this growing and dynamic team of professionals, please contact us on email@example.com or telephone Matt Brodie on 07921 165178 for more information.
ARPS flys the SRP flag
ARPS was flying the flag for the Society of Radiological Protection (SRP) this week as it embarked on a year-long tour of the country.
ARPS RPA Karen Gunn won first prize in a raffle at the SRP’s 2018 Annual Conference in Southport to become the first flag bearer.
The SRP Flag on Tour event will see the professional body’s standard travel the length and breadth of the UK before finishing its journey at 2019 Annual Conference in Scarborough on May 21-23.
The flag must be physically passed to another member of the SRP, in a different town or organisation, every couple of weeks.
Karen said: “I was absolutely delighted to win the chance to be the first to take the flag on tour.”
It is not the first time the SRP emblem has undertaken an epic journey.
Back in 2013, SRP member Bob Kerr took the flag to within metres of the summit of Mount Everest.
A spokeswoman for the SRP, said: “It was just an idea we had in the office and it seemed too good not to give it a go. A key benefit of Society membership is networking so this is all about meeting others who work in the radiation protection sector.”
New dates announced for 3 Day RPS Training Course
Due to popular demand, ARPS has decided to host an additional 3 Day RPS Training Course on June 5-7.
The course meets the requirements of IRR17, and includes practical exercises and a visit to a NORM decontamination company. There is a course test, and successful delegates will be awarded a certificate of competence.
For more information or to book a place click here.
ARPS hosts inaugural RPS Refresher Courses for Vets
ARPS is hosting its first ever RPS Refresher Courses specifically tailored for Vets next month.
Two half-day courses will take place at the company's Westhill premises between 9.30am-1pm on Wednesday May 16, and Thursday May 31.
It is recommended RPSs attend a refresher course every three to five years, depending on duties and experience, to maintain RPS certification.
These courses are specifically designed to update the veterinary practice RPS on changes in legislation and practice.
To book a place, call 01224 749784, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow this link.
ARPS attends Offshore Decommissioning Conference
ARPS is attending the 2017 Offshore Decommissioning Conference in St Andrew's on November 27-29. The Aberdeen radiation firm joins more than 450 industry professionals at the Fairmont Hotel. The conference will encompass numerous keynote sessions all focused on the latest decommissioning updates, trends and case studies. It will bring a wide spectrum of oil and gas companies together, including small supply chain companies, contractors and many of the large operators. If you are visiting, find us at Stand 31. We look forward to seeing you there.
To find out more about the conference visit http://offshoredecommissioningconference.co.uk
ARPS office move
ARPS is relocating to new premises at Westhill Industrial Estate to accommodate its growing work force and increasing client list.
The 1st Floor of the Air Products Building, on Enterprise Drive, will also provide greatly improved training facilities for the company’s radiation protection and transport courses.
The move will take place on November 10, 2017
ARPS inspires future workforce
Inspiring the region’s future workforce has earned ARPS a special award.
The company has pledged its support for Developing the Young Workforce, a project aimed at bringing fresh and exciting new talent into local companies.
ARPS director Penny Wade took part in two careers fairs at Westhill and Meldrum academies earlier this year, providing advice to pupils considering a career in radiation protection.
Participation in both events has earned ARPS a Developing the Young Workforce Certificate of School Engagement.
ARPS will continue its support of the scheme by taking part in further careers fairs this autumn.
Merry Chistmas and Happy New Year!
All of us at ARPS would like to take this opportunity to wish our Clients a very Merry Christmas and when it comes, a Happy New Year!
Richard Smith Awarded Certification
Richard Smith has been awarded his Radiation Protection Adviser Certification. The certification process requires lots of study and completing a portfolio of work covering all aspects of the implementation of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999. The certificates are awarded by an HSE approved body – RPA2000 after the portfolio has been audited and passed.
Richard is the third RPA we have trained within ARPS.
Matthew Firth - New Trainee Adviser
We have a new trainee adviser - Matthew Firth. Matthew has joined us after completing his PhD at Aberdeen University. He had previously completed his Medical Physics training so will help in advising users of x-rays and unsealed sources. Matthew’s first trip to an oil production installation was in Mauritania.
Healthy Working Lives Award
We have been awarded the Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award by NHS Grampian. For this we did activities including cookery (at Nick Nairn’s) and safe driving at Absafe which were great fun. We have now started our Silver Award and already booked a session to try curling.
Rory Jamieson Awarded Certification
Rory Jamieson has now been awarded his Radioactive Waste Adviser certification to go along with his RPA certificate which he was awarded earlier in 2016. The RWA advises on the management and disposal of radioactive waste for compliance with RSA93 and EPR10.