In this course you will learn how to assess the off-site radiological consequences to the public following a release of radioactivity from nuclear power reactors and non-reactor incidents and how to use this assessment as a basis for recommending protective actions to decision makers.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
Describe the source and magnitude of the threat to the public from a nuclear power plant incident.
Describe preventive and protective measures which may be implemented to protect the public and emergency workers during a nuclear incident, and use the Federal guidance to determine when each of these measures is necessary or appropriate.
Describe the relationship of dose and dose pathway to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protective action guides (PAGs), early injuries, and early deaths.
Locate the appropriate protective action guide using the EPA Manual of Protective Action Guides and Protective Actions for Nuclear Incidents, EPA 400-R-92-001 and the FDA Accidental Radioactive Contamination of Human Food and Animal Feeds: Recommendations for State and Local Agencies, August 13, 1998.
Describe the guidelines and recommendations associated with using potassium iodide as a supplemental public protective action.
Describe suggested protective actions for milk, fruits and vegetables, meat and meat products, poultry and poultry products, soils, grains, and water.
Explain the appropriate techniques, procedures, and available Federal agency capabilities and resources to gather and assess data during and after a nuclear or radiological incident.
Convert from International System of Units (SI) to customary units and customary units to SI using a hand calculator.
Utilize mathematical equations to calculate dose conversion factors (DCFs).