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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-21

Occupational exposures in industrial application of radiation during 1999-2008

Radiological Physics and Advisory Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai, India

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Suresh Shantaram Sanaye
Radiological Physics and Advisory Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai - 400 085, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0464.111405

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Radiation sources are used in various industrial applications like industrial radiography, industrial irradiation, industrial fluoroscopy, nucleonic gauges, well logging etc.. Gamma, beta X-ray as well as neutron sources are used for various applications. Number of radiation workers in this field has increased over the years. Due to operating conditions prevailing during the exposure as well as the strength of the sources used in some of the applications, radiation protection plays an important role in this field. Analysis of doses received by radiation workers in industry provides information on trends of doses as well as adequateness of radiation protection practices followed in this sector. In India, National Occupational Dose Registry System (NODRS) of Radiological Physics and Advisory Division (RPAD), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) maintains personnel dose information of monitored radiation workers in the country. Analysis of occupational dose data of industrial radiation workers for last 10 years, i.e., 1999-2008 has been presented in this paper. It is observed that even though there is an increase in monitored radiation workers, percentage of persons receiving radiation exposure has come down during this period. There is also a decrease in the average annual dose as well as the collective dose. Further analysis of sub-categories shows that industrial radiography operations are the main contributor for collective dose (about 77%) followed by well logging and industrial X-ray operations (about 8% each). Thus, in addition to industrial radiography, attention is also to be given to operations in these areas.

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