Seasonal correction factors for estimating radon exposure in dwellings in France


Baysson, H; Billon, S; Laurier, D; Rogel, A; Tirmarche, M; (2003) Seasonal correction factors for estimating radon exposure in dwellings in France. Radiation protection dosimetry, 104 (3). pp. 245-252. ISSN 0144-8420 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.rpd.a006188

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Abstract

Indoor radon concentrations are subject to seasonal variation with a maximum in winter and a minimum in summer. Procedures to correct for seasonal variation are necessary in order to get an unbiased estimate of the annual average radon concentration from data based on short-period radon measurements. To obtain correction factors, we apply the model developed by Pinel et al to the French database of indoor radon measurements (measurements performed as part of the indoor radon case-control study and of the national radon measurement campaign). For 6-month measurements, the correction factors vary from 0.87 to 1.17 and agree with those previously published. These results might be applicable when assessing indoor radon concentrations with regard to recommended action levels.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Air Pollutants, Radioactive, analysis, Air Pollution, Indoor, analysis, Algorithms, Calibration, standards, Case-Control Studies, France, Models, Statistical, Quality Control, Radiation Dosage, Radiation Protection, methods, standards, Radiometry, methods, standards, Radon, analysis, standards, Reproducibility of Results, Risk Assessment, methods, standards, Seasons, Sensitivity and Specificity
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 14565731
Web of Science ID: 185635700007
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/6074

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