Phillips, P. S., Denman, A. R., Crockett, R. G. M., Gillmore, G. K., Groves-Kirkby, C. J. and Woolridge, A. C. (2004) Comparative analysis of weekly vs. three monthly radon measurements in dwellings. 190086844X. Commissioned by: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Radioactve Substances Division
Phillips, P. S., Denman, A. R., Crockett, R. G. M., Gillmore, G. K., Groves-Kirkby, C. J. and Woolridge, A. C.
34 unremediated dwellings in a high-radon area were monitored with three types of dose-integrating radon detector. 20 homes were monitored for 4 consecutive 3-month periods and simultaneously for 12 consecutive 1-month periods; the remainder were monitored for 9 months (4 properties), 6 months (6 properties) or 3 months (4 properties). In addition, 1-week measurements were made at 1-month intervals, using co-located Track-Etch, Activated Charcoal and Electret detectors simultaneously. Calibration of dose-integrating devices against continuous-monitoring systems confirmed good responsivity and linearity. Although Track-Etch, Activated Charcoal and Electret devices are suitable in principle for one-week measurements, zero-exposure offset and natural radon variability mean that many one-week results will be equivocal and will need to be repeated. During the work, the chosen Track-Etch detector supplier abandoned the market, necessitating identification of a replacement, raising concerns over equivalence of results from nominally identical products from different sources and necessitating statistical compensation. Analysis of the data-set permitted derivation of confidence limits for the estimation of long-term average radon concentrations from short-term measurements.