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Development of a European harmonised standard to determine the natural radioactivity concentrations in building materials
NRG Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group, The Netherlands.
GIG Central Mining Institute, Poland.
BfS Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Germany.
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Built Environment, CBI Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6559-029x
2018 (English)In: Construction and Building Materials, ISSN 0950-0618, E-ISSN 1879-0526, Vol. 171, p. 913-918Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2013 the European Commission has published its latest basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation (Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom). The council directive regulates radiation exposure from building materials through the presence of radioactivity (226Ra, 232Th and 40K) in these materials. Pivotal to successful regulation is the availability of a harmonised test method for the determination of the radionuclide concentrations as these nuclides form the basis for dose assessment and compliance. In 2017 a Technical Specification (CEN, 2017) on the determination of the activity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in construction products was published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). The purpose of this work is to give an outline of the proposed method, with the protocols for sampling, measurement and data processing as well as a summary of the robustness testing and the expert comments that have been received following the final consultation. 

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2018. Vol. 171, p. 913-918
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Building materials, Harmonisation, Natural radioactivity, Test method, Data handling, Ionizing radiation, Radiation protection, Activity concentration, Construction products, European committee for standardizations, Radionuclide concentration, Technical specifications, Radioactivity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-33877DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.03.153Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044567124OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-33877DiVA, id: diva2:1211312
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Technical note Special Issue Use of NORM-containing products in construction

Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved

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