[ RadSafe ] Maybe not totally abandoned

Jeff Terry terryj at iit.edu
Wed Mar 16 09:12:46 CDT 2011

These is no limit for an informed worker acting voluntarily during either lifesaving actions or the protection of large populations at least under US Department of Energy rules. I don't know the numbers for the NRC but I expect that they are the same.

The preferences is to keep exposures below 25 rem during emergency actions (lifesaving or protection of large populations).
During protection of property the exposure limit is 10 rem again voluntary.

No one can be ordered to take a dose greater than 5 rem in the US DOE system. 

The shallow dose and extremity doses are 10 times these values. 

I have been trained on these numbers so many times that they are ingrained so I don't have a reference. 

5 rem normal
10 rem property (voluntary)
25 rem lifesaving and population protection (voluntary)
>25 rem lifesaving and population protection (heroic)

I think that these values are:

50 mSv
100 mSv
250 mSv

but I still think in rem, sorry. 


Jeff Terry
Asst. Professor of Physics
Life Science Bldg Rm 166
Illinois Institute of Technology
3101 S. Dearborn St. 
Chicago IL 60616
terryj at iit.edu

On Mar 16, 2011, at 8:20 AM, Doug Huffman wrote:

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> - From my training I recall that in a casualty an informed worker can
> expose himself to whatever he - with advise - thinks reasonable.
> Perspective:  My WBE ~ 3 REM.  My predecessor's WBE ~30 REM all
> occupational.
> On 3/16/2011 07:56, edmond0033 at comcast.net wrote:
>> I believe you are correct.  I believe in an emergency one can add up to
>> 25 rem (lifetime) in addition.  In the Soviet Union they add a lot more.
>> Ed Baratta
>> -----Original Message----- From: Doug Huffman
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:12 AM
>> To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
>> Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Maybe not totally abandoned
>> I recall expanded casualty exposure limits as an established protocol.
>> Indeed, 5(N-18)_REM alone might allow 25 REM in the experienced worker
>> sub-population.
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