The First Operational Dosemeter for Neutrons which Complies with IEC Standard 1323
T. Lahaye, D. Cutarella, S. Ménard and T. Bolognese-Milsztajn
Radiat. Prot. Dosim. 96(1-3), pp 241-244 (2001)
EUROPEAN WORKSHOP ON INDIVIDUAL MONITORING OF EXTERNAL RADIATION Workshop held in Helsinki, Finland. September 4-6 2000.
Individual neutron dosimetry represents one of the current difficulties in the field of radiological protection of workers. Since March 1999, the regulatory requirements in France for active (i.e. operational) dosimetry have been those of ICRP Publication 60, applicable from May 2000, necessitating the introduction of a new generation of neutron dosemeter. Over the last few years, the Institute for Nuclear Safety and Protection has been studying an individual electronic dosemeter for neutrons based on a semiconducting detector, capable of meeting the specifications laid down by a neutron dosimetry work group, including members from all the main players in the French nuclear industry. In 1998, the IRSN began transferring technology to the Saphymo company which, by the end of 2001, will be marketing Saphydose-n, the first individual dosemeter for neutrons which complies with IEC Standard 1323. This dosemeter is of compact design and can assess the individual dose equivalent Hp(10) in mixed neutron and gamma radiation fields. It will be usable in any nuclear facility without prior knowledge of the average neutron spectrum or of the neutron-gamma ratio. It will be possible to connect the Saphydose-n dosemeter to any of the existing gamma dosemeter terminals to read the dose data and recharge the batteries.