GUIDELINES FOR RADIOLOGICAL OPERATIONS SUPPORT REQUESTS
The mission of the Radiation Protection Group is to help Berkeley Lab staff perform their work in a safe and environmentally sound manner. We endeavor to honor all requests for radiological support with available Radiological Control Technician (RCT) resources. The RPG RCTs are represented employees that routinely support day-shift operations. Their working terms and conditions are governed by a contract between the University of California and the union, the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). Advance notice is strongly encouraged to ensure resources are available and labor agreements are adhered to.
SCHEDULING & PLANNING SUPPORT REQUESTS
Planning requests (determination of scope, coverage, and controls) should be directed to the respective zone HP. Refer to the EHS RPG Whom to call / Zone support document to determine the correct zone HP. Allow for adequate lead time for planning, and take the complexity of the work request into consideration when estimating lead times.
NOTICE PERIODS FOR RCT SUPPORT
Once planning is complete, RCT coverage may be requested as follows:
Two working days notice is requested for standard day-shift RCT support. Requests should be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the date, start time, expected duration for the coverage, and scope information.
Five working days notice is requested for non-day-shift RCT support. Requests should be made by emailing email@example.com with the date, start time, expected duration for the coverage, and scope information. Requests with less than the 5 working days notice for non-day-shift support will be filled on a voluntary basis, and coverage is not guaranteed. Please see Article 13 of the TX Contract below regarding off-shift coverage.
RCT Scheduling requests**:
Standard day-shift coverage: Monday to Friday, 0800-1600
Swing shift (1600-0000),
Owl Shift (0000-0800),
Saturday (all shifts), or
Sunday (all shifts) coverage
**Please note that while every effort will be made to accommodate scheduling requests and emerging issues, delays in start time or duration are not guaranteed to be absorbed by the RCT providing coverage. Changes or delays in start time or duration will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the RCT supervisor with the concurrence of the RCT.
Contract for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE)
ARTICLE 13 HOURS OF WORK
- SCHEDULE/SHIFT ASSIGNMENTS
- Employees will be made aware of their work schedule/shift assignment in the following manner:
- When practicable, the University will provide an employee with at least five (5) work days’ notice prior to changing her/his work schedule for a period of less than four (4) workweeks duration.
- When practicable, the University will provide an employee with at least fifteen (15) work days’ notice prior to changing her/his work schedule/shift for a period of at least four (4) workweeks duration.
- Employees who do not have fixed work schedules and shift assignments will be made aware of their work schedule/shift assignment when feasible. If the employee’s supervisor fails to provide notice of a shift change pursuant to Section C.1.a. and b. of this Article on three (3) or more occasions, failure to provide such notice on the third or subsequent occasion shall be grievable and arbitrable.
- An employee may file a written indication of preference for a particular shift (i.e., day, evening, night) with her/his immediate supervisor. When assigning work schedules and shifts to employees, the University will also consider the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the employees who normally perform the work involved prior to deciding upon the shift assignment. In the event two (2) department career employees with substantially equal qualifications have expressed a preference, the University may use departmental seniority to make the shift assignment.
- The University may, at its sole non-grievable discretion, grant employee requests for flexible working hours, or shift assignments.