Radon activity concentrations in underground workplaces in Kosovo


Nafezi G., Xhixha G., Kuqali M., Qengaj F., Bahtijari M., AKKURT İ.

ARABIAN JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES, vol.14, no.22, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 22
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12517-021-08695-8
  • Title of Journal : ARABIAN JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES
  • Keywords: Radon activity, Underground workplaces, Concentration, Dose, Track detectors, FIRED POWER-PLANTS, DOSE ESTIMATION, EXPOSURE, CAVE

Abstract

Radon activity concentrations were measured in potentially high-risk locations of underground workplaces in Prishtina region, Kosovo. This survey was performed by using solid state nuclear track detectors (CR-39) in the spring and winter season for a minimum of 3 months of exposure period. The radon concentration in these workplaces was found to vary from 24 to 360 Bq m(-3), with only one case exceeding the reference level of 300 Bq m(-3). The calculated average effective dose is found to be 1.1 mSv year(-1), which is comparable with the worldwide indoor average annual effective dose of 1.2 mSv year(-1). This investigation should be extended in underground and ground floor workplaces in Kosovo.