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General Employee Radiological Training (GERT) for Facility Users


General Employee Radiological Training (GERT) is one of the minimum training requirements for any person who requires unescorted access to radiological controlled areas in the NSLS-II complex. BNL's General Employee Radiological Training course (TQ-GERT) is online.

GERT Reciprocal Credit

GERT Reciprocity may be requested by NSLS-II facility users (who have guest appointments) for GERT completed at another DOE facility. The user must complete the pre-requisite course NSLS-II User Safety Module online before requesting reciprocal credit and the course must be currently in status. Reciprocal Credit for facility users is requested through User Administration. If granted, reciprocity is valid for use only at the NSLS-II facility. Reciprocity will not be granted if training qualifications are due to expire within three months.

Non-users may be request exemption from the BNL Training Office for GERT course content but must complete the GERT web-based Challenge Exam.

GERT Remedial Training

GERT Remedial Training is available for those who are unable to successfully pass the GERT exam. This section applies only to NSLS-II facility users (who have guest appointments). All other trainees must contact the BNL Training Office for assistance.

After the third attempt to pass the exam, the user must follow the procedures below for remediation:

  • User's training requirements for the NSLS-II User Safety Module must be in status before requesting remediation.
  • User reviews the GERT study guide.
  • User requests a proctor (in the following order) to review course content: Jay Adams, Dennis Ryan. Use the BNL Directory to locate contact information for these proctors. If you are unable to locate a proctor, contact the BNL Training Office.
  • An interpreter may be enlisted to review the subject matter with the trainee. Discussing exam questions during this review is not permitted.
  • After remediation, the study guide is removed from the exam location.
  • The proctor contacts the BNL Training Office to re-open the course for one additional attempt to pass the exam.

If the user is unable to pass the exam on the fourth attempt, the requirements below must be followed:

  • User may be issued a BNL badge, but the badge cannot be encoded for access to any radiological controlled area.
  • User is not to be issued an access card to any radiological controlled area.
  • The Lead Beamline Scientist at the beamline where the user is assigned must be informed of user's restrictions.
  • NSLS-II Training is to be notified to remove the JTA for user access and apply a JTA for guests.
  • User must follow all of the requirements for Visitors to Controlled Areas and must be escorted at all times while in the controlled area.
  • The user is not permitted to perform experiments at any beamline but is permitted to observe ongoing experiments.