Planning Standard: The emergency plan should provide for specific, predetermined actions to be taken
in response to emergency conditions to protect onsite personnel and the public.
7.1 Protective Action Guides (PAGs)
Protective Action Guidance. The emergency plans
should contain Protective Action Guides (PAGs) and
Emergency Response Planning Guidelines (ERPGs),
prepared in conformance with DOE approved guidance,
for use in protective action decision making.
The plan should contain numerical protective action
guidance (PACs) for initiation of protective actions.
For a particular hazard, the numerical guidance
should be expressed in units that can be readily
correlated with both the potential for health impact
(e.g., peak concentration, cumulative dose or
exposure) and information that will be available to
decision makers during an emergency, such as
results of consequence calculations or
All facilities and activities on a given DOE site
should use the same PACs for a particular hazard.
The same PACs should be applied to onsite and
offsite personnel. However, the Guidance for
onsite thyroid doses from airborne radioiodines
may be stated in terms of the doses to an adult
rather than an infant, unless a child care center or
visitor center with children is located on the site.