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Comparative analysis of weekly vs. three monthly radon measurements in dwellings

By Paul S Phillips, Anthony R Denman, Robin G M Crockett, Gavin K Gillmore, Chris J Groves-Kirkby and Anne C Woolridge

Abstract

34 unremediated dwellings in a high-radon area were monitored with three types of dose-integrating\ud radon detector. 20 homes were monitored for 4 consecutive 3-month periods and simultaneously for 12\ud consecutive 1-month periods; the remainder were monitored for 9 months (4 properties), 6 months\ud (6 properties) or 3 months (4 properties). In addition, 1-week measurements were made at 1-month\ud intervals, using co-located Track-Etch, Activated Charcoal and Electret detectors simultaneously.\ud Calibration of dose-integrating devices against continuous-monitoring systems confirmed good\ud responsivity and linearity. Although Track-Etch, Activated Charcoal and Electret devices are suitable\ud in principle for one-week measurements, zero-exposure offset and natural radon variability mean that\ud many one-week results will be equivocal and will need to be repeated. During the work, the chosen\ud Track-Etch detector supplier abandoned the market, necessitating identification of a replacement,\ud raising concerns over equivalence of results from nominally identical products from different sources\ud and necessitating statistical compensation. Analysis of the data-set permitted derivation of confidence\ud limits for the estimation of long-term average radon concentrations from short-term measurements

Topics: GE300, TD885.5
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:nectar.northampton.ac.uk:39
Provided by: NECTAR
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