Improving the Assessment of Occupational Exposure to Radon in Above-Ground Workplaces
Turtiainen, Tuukka; Kojo, Katja; Laine, Jussi-Pekka; Holmgren, Olli; Kurttio, Päivi (2021-08-26)
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Radiation Protection Dosimetry
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Radiation Protection Dosimetry : ncab127
Representative sampling of radon in indoor air is difficult because the concentration often exhibits unpredictable spatial and temporal variation. In workplaces, temporal variation may be rapid, and the minimum and maximum concentration can differ by a factor of 100. In this paper, we compare methods for assessing the radon concentration in workplaces utilising the results of an initial investigation with a track-etch detector and the results of an additional continuous measurement. The recommended method is as follows: the mean radon concentration during the working hours of 1 week, as well as the weekly mean, is calculated from the continuous measurement. The ratio between these mean concentrations is multiplied by the result from the track-etch detector. The coefficient of variation of this method is assessed as 19%. If the result of 1 week of continuous measurement is used alone, the coefficient of variation is assessed as 32%.