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March 28, 2011

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New standard aims to improve worker radiation-exposure monitoring

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a new standard to help optimise monitoring of workers who have been exposed to radiation.

The ISO 27048:2011 – “Radiation protection – Dose assessment for the monitoring of workers for internal radiation exposure”, will create standard procedures for assessing the reliability of health surveillance and monitoring for workers who have been exposed to radioactivity through inhalation, ingestion or through the skin.

The standard is intended to improve the reproducibility of dose assessments; ensure that the level of effort required for data interpretation is commensurate with the seriousness of the exposure; and enable the exchange of consistent dosimetric information between laboratories and authorities, including across international borders.

It is hoped that he standard will increase the reliability of exposure results, which in turn will help to provide better protection for workers through better knowledge of internal does of radioactive substances.

The standard is one of a series of three standards that collectively form a complete and consistent system regulating the monitoring of workers for potential incorporations.

For more information on ISO 27048:2011 visit the ISO website.

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