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An Introduction to Radiation Protection 6E

6th Edition

By Alan Martin, Sam Harbison, Karen Beach, Peter Cole

© 2013 – CRC Press

256 pages

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An Introduction to Radiation Protection is a highly readable account of the nature of the hazards presented by ionizing radiation and the methods of protection for those new to the field and for the non-specialist.

The sixth edition of this established text takes readers through the general background of the subject, the technical principles underlying the control of radiation hazards, radiation detection and measurement, and the biological effects of radiation. These principles are followed by a consideration of radiation protection issues in the nuclear industry, the non-nuclear sector, and the medical field. Further specialised topics include risk assessment, waste management and decommissioning, radiological incidents and emergencies, relevant legislation, and organizational issues.

Supplemented by clear diagrams and photographs, summary sections, and revision questions, the book is suitable for the beginner as well as the more advanced radiation practitioner. It remains an ideal primer for those working in the nuclear industry, nuclear medicine technicians, radiographers and medical physics technicians, health and safety executives and occupational health professionals. It is also an invaluable companion for anyone training or undertaking a course in radiation protection.


"Overall, the sixth edition of An Introduction to Radiation Protection maintains the high standards of its predecessors and should remain as a key reference text for those working in radiation protection."

Journal of Radiation Protection

Table of Contents

The structure of matter

Radioactivity and radiation

Radiation units

Biological effects of radiation

Natural and man-made radiation

The system of radiological protection

Radiation detection and measurement

The external radiation hazard

The internal radiation hazard

Practical health physics techniques

Radiation protection in the nuclear industry

Radioactive waste and the decommissioning of radioactive facilities

Radiation protection in the non-nuclear industry

Radiation protection in medicine

Risk assessment

Radiological incidents and emergencies

Legislation and regulations related to radiation protection

The organization and administration of radiation protection services

Appendix A: Relationship of units

Appendix B: Answers to numerical questions

About the Authors

Alan Martin formerly ran the consultancy Alan Martin Associates, UK

Sam Harbison is a Health & Safety Consultant based in Kent and was formerly Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations, Health & Safety Executive, UK

Karen Beach is a Radiation Protection Advisor for Research Sites Restoration Ltd, UK

Peter Cole is Radiation Protection Advisor and Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Occupational & Industrial Medicine
SCIENCE / Physics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety