Jay Henson

Henson_Jay_photoJay Henson is a Nuclear Safety Consultant at Talisman. He has over 37 years of experience as an Occupational Safety and Health Professional, Health Physicist, nuclear safety and regulatory compliance inspector, materials license reviewer, supervisor and consultant.  Mr. Henson retired from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2010 after twenty years of service.  He served as Branch Chief in both the materials and fuel facility areas and was responsible for the conduct and oversight of the inspection programs for a variety of materials and fuel facility licensees and for the performance of the staff who conducted these inspections.  He has reviewed license applications and issued licenses to a variety of industrial, medical and federal government licensees and has led numerous reactive inspections in response to licensee safety and security events.  During his career at the NRC, Mr. Henson was recognized as a subject matter expert and was responsible for completing numerous routine and special assignments in a variety of areas, including regulatory oversight, safety and regulatory compliance assessment, safety culture, health physics, decommissioning, and organizational and programmatic effectiveness assessments.

Prior to his NRC service, Mr. Henson worked for the Department of the Army, where he provided safety and health physics oversight and support in the areas of occupational safety and ionizing and non-ionizing radiation safety at several military installations. Activities performed at these facilities included explosives, propellants and solid rocket motor manufacturing, munitions and chemical agent storage, combat vehicle and weapon systems maintenance and repair, weapons research and development, and command and oversight of multiple active duty and reserve military installations.

Since retiring from the NRC, Mr. Henson has provided consulting services as an independent consultant and as a representative for various consulting firms. He has provided consulting services to a U.S. Army facility conducting tests with depleted uranium and also to the NRC in support of the effort to revise the fuel cycle oversight program.  He has provided consulting services to the United States Enrichment Corporation by serving as a member of the Plant Performance Review Committee (PPRC) for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, KY and the American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon, OH.  The PPRC provided regular, periodic independent evaluation of plant performance against industry standards and/or corporate goals to confirm effective implementation of programs and processes and/or to identify areas where performance could be improved.  Mr. Henson has also provided consulting services to the Tennessee Valley Authority in the area of materials licensing and decommissioning.  He has prepared license amendment and renewal applications for radiography, fixed gauges, instrument calibration, sample analysis and reactor component service licenses.  He has also prepared license termination applications and supporting documentation, as well as planned and assisted in the conduct of final status surveys.

Mr. Henson earned a B.A. in Biology from Mercer University.