Radioactive air sampling is broad in scope and fraught with potential errors and pitfalls that can bedevil the most ardent practitioner. Although the field has matured and evolved over many decades, it has lacked a single resource that assimilates technical and background information on its many facets. Edited by experts and with contributions from top practitioners and researchers, Radioactive Air Sampling Methods
provides a textbook and guide to measuring the airborne radioactivity resulting from industrial, research, and nuclear power operations as well as the radioactivity naturally or accidently present in the environment.
The book delves into the applied research — driven by human dosimetry, environmental, and regulatory concerns — that continues to advance and transform practice with improvements in measurement equipment, refinements in human dose modeling of inhaled radioactivity, and the consequent and inevitable change to national and local radiation safety regulations. To present a wide picture of this specialized field, the book covers the multitudinous international and national standards that guide the quality of air sampling measurements and equipment. It discusses emergency response issues such as radioactive fallout and the assets used to assess an airborne radioactive emergency. The book includes a comprehensive series of air sampling methods for commonly encountered radioactive isotopes in the industrial environment, illustrating in detail the necessary steps required to complete a proper air sampling study.