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Workplace Monitoring for Radiation and Contamination

English IAEA-PRTM-1 (Rev. 1)

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Occupationally exposed workers need to have a basic awareness and understanding of the risks posed by exposure to radiation and the measures for managing these risks. To assist persons who have a responsibility to provide the necessary education and training of these workers, the series of Practical Radiation Technical Manuals (PRTMs) was created. Radiation measuring instruments are needed in order to detect the presence of ionizing radiation and avoid excessive exposure. The use of appropriate and efficient instruments enables exposures to be controlled and the doses received to be kept as low as reasonably achievable. This manual explains the basic terminology associated with such measuring instruments and describes the principal types, their construction and typical applications in the workplace. It provides information to ensure that the monitoring instrument is appropriate to the task and that the user makes correct interpretations of the results obtained.

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