ISO 18589-3:2015 Preview

Measurement of radioactivity in the environment -- Soil -- Part 3: Test method of gamma-emitting radionuclides using gamma-ray spectrometry

ISO 18589-3:2015 specifies the identification and the measurement of the activity in soils of a large number of gamma-emitting radionuclides using gamma spectrometry. This non-destructive method, applicable to large-volume samples (up to about 3 000 cm3), covers the determination in a single measurement of all the γ-emitters present for which the photon energy is between 5 keV and 3 MeV.

ISO 18589-3:2015 can be applied by test laboratories performing routine radioactivity measurements as a majority of gamma-emitting radionuclides is characterized by gamma-ray emission between 40 keV and 2 MeV.

The method can be implemented using a germanium or other type of detector with a resolution better than 5 keV.

ISO 18589-3:2015 is addressed to people responsible for determining gamma-emitting radionuclides activity present in soils for the purpose of radiation protection.


General information

  • Status :  Published
    Publication date : 2015-02
    Corrected version (en) : 2015-11
    Corrected version (fr) : 2015-11
  • Edition : 2
    Number of pages : 22
  • :
    ISO/TC 85/SC 2
    Radiological protection
  • 17.240
    Radiation measurements
    13.080.01
    Soil quality and pedology in general

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