Feasibility study for the assessment of the exposed dose with TENORM added in consumer products

Do Hyeon Yoo, Hyun Cheol Lee, Wook Geun Shin, Wi Ho Ha, Jae Ryong Yoo, Seok Won Yoon, Jiyon Lee, Won Chul Choi, Chul Hee Min

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Consumer products including naturally occurring radioactive material have been distributed widely in human life. The potential hazard of the excessively added technically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material (TENORM) in consumer products should be assessed. The aim of this study is to evaluate the organ equivalent dose and the annual effective dose with the usage of the TENORM added in paints. The activities of gammas emitted from natural radionuclides in the five types of paints were measured with the high-purity germanium detector, and the annual effective dose was assessed with the computational human phantom and the Monte Carlo method. The results show that uranium and thorium series were mainly measured over the five paints. Based on the exposure scenario of the paints in the room, the highest effective dose was evaluated as < 1 mSv y-1 of the public dose limit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety and Global PH.D fellowship program through the National Research Foundation of

Funding Information:
Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2014021972).

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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