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Title: Field Comparison of the Sampling Efficacy of Two Smear Media: Cotton Fiber and Kraft Paper

Abstract

Two materials were compared in field tests at the Defense Waste Processing Facility: kraft paper (a strong, brown paper made from wood pulp prepared with a sodium sulfate solution) and cotton fiber. Based on a sampling of forty-six pairs of smears, the cotton fiber smears provide a greater sensitivity. The cotton fiber smears collected an average of forty-four percent more beta activity than the kraft paper smears and twenty-nine percent more alpha activity. Results show a greater sensitivity with cotton fiber over kraft paper at the 95 percent confidence level. Regulatory requirements for smear materials are vague. The data demonstrate that the difference in sensitivity of smear materials could lead to a large difference in reported results that are subsequently used for meeting shipping regulations or evaluating workplace contamination levels.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
799298
Report Number(s):
WSRC-MS-99-00669
Journal ID: ISSN 0017-9078; HLTPAO; TRN: US200224%%653
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Health Physics; Other Information: PBD: 7 Feb 2002
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; CONTAMINATION; COTTON; FIBERS; FIELD TESTS; REGULATIONS; SAMPLING; SENSITIVITY; SODIUM SULFATES; WASTE PROCESSING; WOOD

Citation Formats

Hogue, M.G. Field Comparison of the Sampling Efficacy of Two Smear Media: Cotton Fiber and Kraft Paper. United States: N. p., 2002. Web. doi:10.1097/00004032-200208001-00013.
Hogue, M.G. Field Comparison of the Sampling Efficacy of Two Smear Media: Cotton Fiber and Kraft Paper. United States. doi:10.1097/00004032-200208001-00013.
Hogue, M.G. Thu . "Field Comparison of the Sampling Efficacy of Two Smear Media: Cotton Fiber and Kraft Paper". United States. doi:10.1097/00004032-200208001-00013. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/799298.
@article{osti_799298,
title = {Field Comparison of the Sampling Efficacy of Two Smear Media: Cotton Fiber and Kraft Paper},
author = {Hogue, M.G.},
abstractNote = {Two materials were compared in field tests at the Defense Waste Processing Facility: kraft paper (a strong, brown paper made from wood pulp prepared with a sodium sulfate solution) and cotton fiber. Based on a sampling of forty-six pairs of smears, the cotton fiber smears provide a greater sensitivity. The cotton fiber smears collected an average of forty-four percent more beta activity than the kraft paper smears and twenty-nine percent more alpha activity. Results show a greater sensitivity with cotton fiber over kraft paper at the 95 percent confidence level. Regulatory requirements for smear materials are vague. The data demonstrate that the difference in sensitivity of smear materials could lead to a large difference in reported results that are subsequently used for meeting shipping regulations or evaluating workplace contamination levels.},
doi = {10.1097/00004032-200208001-00013},
journal = {Health Physics},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Feb 07 00:00:00 EST 2002},
month = {Thu Feb 07 00:00:00 EST 2002}
}