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Effect of Working Conditions and Natural Radioactivity Levels on Occupational Doses to Workers of an Old Manganese Mine

Date Published: 08/27/2020 [Source]

The average activity concentrations of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 210Pb in rock samples were 207.3, 155.5, 59.7, 304.5 and 119.3 Bq kg-1, respectively. The average radon activity concentration was 1254.6 Bqm-3, which is equivalent to 0.135 WL. The radon concentration increases further as going deep inside the mine up to 6238 Bqm-3.

The occupational radiological dose from the inhalation of radon and radon decay products resulted in a high lung cancer risk based on the current measurements and ventilation conditions within the mine.