Deposition of contaminant aerosol on human skin

Kasper Grann Andersson, Jørn Roed, M.A. Byrne, H. Hession

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    Over recent years, it has been established that deposition of various types of pollutant aerosols (e.g., radioactive) on human skin can have serious deleterious effects on health. However. only few investigations in the past have been devoted to measurement of deposition velocities on skin of particles of the potentially problematic sizes. An experimental programme has shown the deposition velocities on skin of particles in the ca. 0.5-5 mu m AMAD range to be high and generally associated with great variations. A series of investigations have been made to identify some of the factors that lead to this variation. Part of the variation was found to be caused by differences between individuals, whereas another part was found to be related to environmental factors, The identification of major influences on skin contaminant deposition is important in estimating health effects as well as in identifying means for their reduction. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
    Issue number2-3
    Pages (from-to)182-195
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventNKS Conference on Radioactive Contamination in Urban Areas - Risø, Denmark
    Duration: 7 May 20039 May 2003


    ConferenceNKS Conference on Radioactive Contamination in Urban Areas


    • nuclear accident
    • contaminant aerosol
    • decontamination
    • skin pollution
    • dermal exposure
    • deposition velocity


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