Indoor Radon Concentration Measurement in Selected Factories in Northern and Central Iraq

Ammar A. Battawy, Mohamad Suhaimi Jaafar, Nada F. Tawfiq, Iskandar Shahrim Mustafa, Ammir Hassan Ali, Zakariya Adel Hussein


In this work, the outdoor radon concentration level and lung cancer risks have been measured in selected locations in northern and central Iraq during the summer season 2012 by using time integrated passive radon dosimeters containing LR-115 Type II plastic track detectors. These measurements were carried out in the factories for an exposure time of 60 day. The radon concentration in these factories ranges from (36.36 – 125.10) Bq.m-3 with an average of (59.93Bq.m-3), which within the acceptable radon levels (50-150) Bq.m-3 recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). The average absorption effective dose equivalent for a person living in factories for which the investigation were done was found to be (1.425mSv.y-1). It is observed that the average lung cancer per year per 106 person was found to be 25.654.

Keyword: LR-115 Type II nuclear track detectors; Radon concentration; AEDE; PAEC.

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