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Radiation detection instrument standards for homeland security applications.

Authors
Cox-M; Hoover-MD
Source
Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism, A. Brodsky, R. H. Johnson Jr, and R. E. Goans eds., Madison, WI: Medical Physics Publishing, 2004 Jul; :309-315
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20025369
Abstract
This chapter describes the origin and status of a family of four new consensus standards on radiation detection instruments for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) applications. The standards were developed under the auspices of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committees N42 (Nuclear Instrumentation) and N42-RPI (Radiation Protection Instrumentation) and cover the following: Alarming personal radiation detectors for photons and neutrons (ANSI N42.32); Portable photon radiation exposure rate detection instruments (ANSI N 42.33); P0rtable radionuclide detectors with neutron detection capability (ANSI N 42.34); and Portal radiation monitors for personnel, packages, and vehicles (ANSI N 42.35). The application of these types of instruments to homeland security had not previously been considered by ANSI. In addition, there was a need to encourage the instrument manufacturing community to develop new technologies and better-perfom1ing instruments. The origin, leadership, contributors, time lines, and highlights of the standards are presented below, along with information about the extensive testing and evaluation (T&E) protocols that were developed for use by DHS to rate candidate instrumentation. Critical issues for matching appropriate instruments to expected applications and the need for effective user training are also discussed. Together, the standards, T&E protocols, and associated guidance and training documents should ensure that appropriate radiation detection instruments are placed in the hands of capable users.
Keywords
Radiation-detection; Radiation-detectors; Radiation-monitoring; Radiation-monitors; Neutron-radiation; Exposure-levels; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring
Contact
Mark D. Hoover, PhD, CHP, CIH, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888
Publication Date
20040701
Document Type
Book or book chapter
Email Address
mhoover1@cdc.gov
Editors
Brodsky-A; Johnson Jr-RH; Goans-RE
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
1930524234
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism
State
WV
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