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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 18, No. 2, 2014, pp. 293-298
Bioline Code: ja14041
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2014, pp. 293-298

 en Measurement of Gamma Radiation in an Automobile Mechanic Village in Abuja, North
JAMES, I.U.; MOSES, I.F. & VANDI, J.N.

Abstract

Environmental radiation measurement was carried out in an automobile mechanic village, Apo, Abuja, Nigeria. An in-situ measurement approach was adopted using RDS-200 Universal Survey Meter and a handheld Global Positioning System (Garmin GPS 76S) equipment. It was observed that the dose equivalent varied from 0.04 µSv/h to 0.22 µSv/h with a mean of 0.10± 0.03 µSv/h which is below the standard background radiation of 0.133 µSv/h The study also revealed that the average annual effective dose rate is approximately 0.20±0.06 mSv/yr which is lower than the value of 1.0 mSv/yr averaged over five consecutive years according to the dose limit placed by the Basic Safety Standards (BSS) SCHEDULE II and the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) REPORT 60. This indicates that the automobile technicians, craftsmen and the people living and working within the area are safe and are not exposed to high doses of radiation as a result of activities in the Apo Automobile Mechanic Village.

Keywords
Radiation Measurement; Apo Automobile Mechanic Village; Background Radiation; Dose Equivalent; Annual Effective Dose; Automobile Technicians

 
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