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Low-level occupational 14C contamination – results from a pilot study

Stenström, Kristina LU ; Leide Svegborn, Sigrid LU and Mattsson, Sören LU (2008) In Radiation Protection Dosimetry 130. p.337-342
Abstract
This paper presents a pilot study in which specific activities of (14)C in hair and urine from 11 radiation workers handling (14)C-containing substances have been measured using accelerator mass spectrometry. Varying degrees of contamination were revealed: up to 63% excess in hair and 400% excess in urine. Although the (14)C excess reported in this study would result in low effective doses, it would be of interest to monitor the situation at other workplaces with potentially higher risks of contamination. Simultaneous measurements of (14)C in hair and urine with additional random measurements of (14)C in faeces and exhaled air could provide a means of improving dose estimates for workers handling different types of (14)C-containing... (More)
This paper presents a pilot study in which specific activities of (14)C in hair and urine from 11 radiation workers handling (14)C-containing substances have been measured using accelerator mass spectrometry. Varying degrees of contamination were revealed: up to 63% excess in hair and 400% excess in urine. Although the (14)C excess reported in this study would result in low effective doses, it would be of interest to monitor the situation at other workplaces with potentially higher risks of contamination. Simultaneous measurements of (14)C in hair and urine with additional random measurements of (14)C in faeces and exhaled air could provide a means of improving dose estimates for workers handling different types of (14)C-containing substances. (Less)
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Radiation Protection Dosimetry
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130
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337 - 342
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Nuclear Technology Publishing
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1742-3406
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10.1093/rpd/ncn054
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English
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  abstract     = {This paper presents a pilot study in which specific activities of (14)C in hair and urine from 11 radiation workers handling (14)C-containing substances have been measured using accelerator mass spectrometry. Varying degrees of contamination were revealed: up to 63% excess in hair and 400% excess in urine. Although the (14)C excess reported in this study would result in low effective doses, it would be of interest to monitor the situation at other workplaces with potentially higher risks of contamination. Simultaneous measurements of (14)C in hair and urine with additional random measurements of (14)C in faeces and exhaled air could provide a means of improving dose estimates for workers handling different types of (14)C-containing substances.},
  author       = {Stenström, Kristina and Leide Svegborn, Sigrid and Mattsson, Sören},
  issn         = {1742-3406},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {337--342},
  publisher    = {Nuclear Technology Publishing},
  series       = {Radiation Protection Dosimetry},
  title        = {Low-level occupational 14C contamination – results from a pilot study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rpd/ncn054},
  volume       = {130},
  year         = {2008},
}