General Public Education
If there are members of the public who live or work near a plutonium facility, a
plan for orientation of members of the public should be developed to inform them
of facility activities. Such a plan should include information on the concerns that
require protection of people from potential injuries by plutonium, the general
protective measures used at the facility to confine it and keep it out of the public
domain, and solicitation of information on the concerns of members of the local
public about plutonium. To the extent possible, efforts should be made to allay
those concerns. The information in the public education plan should also be
provided to local news media.
All training instructors and materials should meet the requirements in DOE Order
5480.20A (DOE, 1994j) and should meet the guidance in the standard,
Radiological Control, Ch. 1. (DOE, 2004).
Each plutonium facility should develop performance-based training that reflects
radiological conditions present at the facility. This training should be monitored to
ensure that site specific, worker-performance-based measures, and practical factors
are included in the plutonium training.
Health Physicist Training Involvement
Facility health physicists should have comprehensive knowledge of all of the
material on plutonium radiation safety that is included in the training programs for
radiation workers and RCTs.