ICRP Publication 65: Protection Against Radon-222 at Home and at Work
Annals of the ICRP Volume 23/2By
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The naturally radioactive noble gas radon, (222Rn), is present in the air outdoors and in all buildings, including workplaces. It is thus an inescapable source of radiation exposure both at home and at work. High radon levels in air can occur in buildings, including workplaces, in some geographical locations. This applies particularly in workplaces such as underground mines, natural caves, tunnels, medical treatment areas in spas, and water supply facilities where ground water with a high radon concentration is treated or stored. This report summarises the extent of current knowledge about the health effects of inhaled radon and its progeny and makes recommendations for the control of this exposure in both dwellings and workplaces. It aims to give guidance to national advisory and regulatory agencies and to practitioners of radiological protection concerned with radon in dwellings and workplaces.
For regulatory and advisory agencies at regional, national and international levels; management bodies with responsibilities for radiological protection; professional staff used as advisers; and individuals, such as radiologists, who have to make decisions about the use of ionising radiation.
International Commission on Radiological Protection
Published: March 1994
The report is a good summary of existing knowledge concerning the health effects of radon and it contains extensive and current bibliographies. Any professional practitioner of radiological protection concerned with radon in dwellings and workplaces will benefit by reading this report.
William G. Buckman, Health Physics, December 1994
...certainly in the UK, the ICRP recommendation is both sensible and practical.... However, ICRP have formulated a protection policy which is based on sound radiological protection principles but with enough pragmatism and room for national variations to make the recommendations of general applicability. ICPR Publication 65 is a milestone in the practical implementation of radon control within the Commission's general framework.
G.M. Kendall, Journal of Radiological Protection, 6 January 1996
- Preface. Introduction.
The structure of the report. The history of radon. Radon and its progeny. Special quantities and units. The principles of protection.
The Health Effects of Inhaled Radon and its Progeny.
Lung cancer in radon-exposed miners. Lung cancer risk estimates for chronic exposure.
Radon in Buildings.
Radon concentrations in buildings. Building occupancy. The value of identifying radon-prone areas. Remedial and preventive measures.
The Approach to Protection in Dwellings.
Policy issues. Practical protection in dwellings.
The Approach to protection in workplaces.
The selection of relevant workplaces. Practical protection in workplaces.