BS ISO 18589-1:2019 - Measurement of radioactivity in the environment. Soil. General guidelines and definitions

BS ISO 18589-1:2019

Measurement of radioactivity in the environment. Soil. General guidelines and definitions

Status : Current   Published : November 2019



This document specifies the general requirements to carry out radionuclides tests, including sampling of soil including rock from bedrock and ore as well as of construction materials and products, pottery, etc. using NORM or those from technological processes involving Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM) e.g. the mining and processing of mineral sands or phosphate fertilizer production and use.

For simplification, the term “soil” used in this document covers the set of elements mentioned above.

This document is addressed to people responsible for determining the radioactivity present in soils for the purpose of radiation protection. This concerns soils from gardens and farmland, urban or industrial sites, as well as soil not affected by human activities.

This document is applicable to all laboratories regardless of the number of personnel or the extent of the scope of testing activities. When a laboratory does not undertake one or more of the activities covered by this document, such as planning, sampling or testing, the requirements of those clauses do not apply.

This document is to be used in conjunction with other parts of ISO 18589 that outline the setting up of programmes and sampling techniques, methods of general processing of samples in the laboratory and also methods for measuring the radioactivity in soil. Its purpose is the following:

  • define the main terms relating to soils, sampling, radioactivity and its measurement;

  • describe the origins of the radioactivity in soils;

  • define the main objectives of the study of radioactivity in soil samples;

  • present the principles of studies of soil radioactivity;

  • identify the analytical and procedural requirements when measuring radioactivity in soil.

This document is applicable if radionuclide measurements for the purpose of radiation protection are to be made in the following cases:

  • initial characterization of radioactivity in the environment;

  • routine surveillance of the impact of nuclear installations or of the evolution of the general territory;

  • investigations of accident and incident situations;

  • planning and surveillance of remedial action;

  • decommissioning of installations or clearance of materials.

Standard NumberBS ISO 18589-1:2019
TitleMeasurement of radioactivity in the environment. Soil. General guidelines and definitions
Publication Date25 November 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 11929, ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 11074, ISO/IEC Guide 98-3, ISO 18589-2
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 18589-4, ISO 18400-202, ISO 5667-13, ISO 18589-7, ISO 18400-105, ISO 16000-11, ISO 11464, ISO 18589-6, ISO 18589-3, ISO 18589-5, ISO 18400-106, BSI 10175, ISO 5667-17, ISO 5667-19, ISO 5667-12, ISO 18400-201, ISO 18400-107, ISO 18400-101, EN 16516, ISO 18400-103, ISO 18400-104, ISO 18400-102, ISO 18400-205
ReplacesBS ISO 18589-1:2005
International RelationshipsISO 18589-1:2019
Draft Superseded By18/30380925 DC
DescriptorsRadionuclides, Radioactive pollution, Soils, Gamma-radiation, Radioactivity, Radioactive materials, Soil testing, Test specimens, Soil surveys, Radiation measurement
Title in FrenchMesurage de la radioactivité dans l'environnement. Sol Lignes directrices générales et définitions
ISBN978 0 539 01793 9
File Size2.537 MB

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