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Asian Journal of Scientific Research
  Year: 2022 | Volume: 15 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 31-38
DOI: 10.3923/ajsr.2022.31.38
 
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Radon Level in Burkina Faso Student Residence and Estimation of the Annual Effective Dose

Bambara Telado Luc , Doumounia Ali, Kohio Nièssan, Ouédraogo Soumaila and François Zougmoré

Abstract:
Background and Objective: Indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking, according to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study. The soil under the house or the building is the main source of indoor radon in the homes, buildings and other residential objects. Other sources are construction materials, groundwater and natural gas. The present work aimed to assess the radon concentration in student residence buildings and their impact on health. Materials and Methods: In this study, the indoor radon concentration in the student residence was measured using the digital radon detector air things of Corentium in fourteen buildings. Results: The long-term concentration of radon in university residences varies from 2-9 Bq m–3 at Patte d’Oie, from 4-15 Bq m–3 at KOSSODO, from 10-19 Bq m–3 at IDS, from 14-191 Bq m–3 at UTS and 4-11 Bq m–3 at BOBO. The results show a higher concentration of radon in the buildings of the university residences were measured at UTS with average values of 65.86 Bq m–3 for the long term and 53.90 Bq m–3 for the short term. The radon effective dose equivalent in building 2 at UTS student residence (8.249 mSv/year) was slightly larger than the limit of the recommended action level (3-10 mSv/year) as reported by the ICRP-1993. The RRLC range was from 1.003-1.126 with an average of 1.02 is almost negligible. Conclusion: Results concluded that the relative risk of lung cancer in the student residence building varied from 1.003 to 1.126 with an average of 1.02.
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Bambara Telado Luc, Doumounia Ali, Kohio Nièssan, Ouédraogo Soumaila and François Zougmoré, 2022. Radon Level in Burkina Faso Student Residence and Estimation of the Annual Effective Dose. Asian Journal of Scientific Research, 15: 31-38.

DOI: 10.3923/ajsr.2022.31.38

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajsr.2022.31.38

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