Physics International

Radiation Hazards Due to Radon Concentrations in Dwellings of Kufa Technical Institute, 'Iraq'

Ali Abid Abojassim Al-Hamidawi and Afnan Ali Husain

DOI : 10.3844/pisp.2016.28.34

Physics International

Volume 7, Issue 1

Pages 28-34

Abstract

Radon concentrations were measured in Kufa dwellings of the technical institute, Al-Najaf- Iraq using LR-115 type II plastic track detectors. Additionally, annual effective dose and the excess lifetime cancer risk for the aforementioned dwellings were calculated. The results demonstrate that the radon concentration ranged from 37.4±6.4 Bq/m3 to 55.7±12.0 Bq/m3 with an average of 46.2±8.2 Bq/m3. The latter is found to be closer to the acceptable radon levels (e.g., 200-300 Bq/m3) that recommended by ICRP (2010). The average value of the excess lifetime cancer risk were ranged from 8.09 million persons to 15.12 million persons with an average of 10.77±1.32 million persons. The obtained results are in good agreement with the published literature.

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© 2016 Ali Abid Abojassim Al-Hamidawi and Afnan Ali Husain. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.