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Characterising radon emanations from radium-dial watches

Crockett, R. G. M. and Gillmore, G. K. (2013) Characterising radon emanations from radium-dial watches. Poster presented to: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria, 07-12 April 2013. (Unpublished)

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Abstract: Research during the latter half of 2011 has indicated that in addition to the hazard arising from the radium content of radium-dial watches, significant radon concentrations that exceed the UK Domestic and Workplace Action Levels of 200 Bq/m3 and 400 Bq/m3, respectively, can arise from watches stored in the built environment (1). In an extension to that earlier research, the radon emanations from the watches are being investigated in order to evaluate the radon hazard and the effective radium content of the watches. These radon measurements are made by placing the watches in a sealed chamber in a closed loop with a Durridge RAD7. We report here preliminary results from this ongoing investigation which suggest that radon emanation is not necessarily a straightforward function of radium content, as anticipated, but also depends on chamber temperature and humidity impacting upon watch-dependent factors such as design, construction, materials and wear-and-tear. Reference. 1. Gillmore G K, Crockett R G M, Denman A R, Flowers A, Harris R; Radium dial watches, a potentially hazardous legacy? Environment International. 45, 91–98. 2012. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2012.03.013.
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS542.5 Clocks and watches
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1247.R33 Toxicology. Radon
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD885.5 Radon pollution
Creators: Crockett, Robin G M and Gillmore, Gavin K
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Environmental Science
Date: 10 April 2013
Date Type: Presentation
Event Title: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2013
Event Dates: 07-12 April 2013
Event Location: Vienna, Austria
Event Type: Conference
Language: English
Status: Unpublished
Refereed: No
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