Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 24, Issue 16, pp 14491–14498 | Cite as

A preliminary study for conducting a rational assessment of radon exposure levels

  • Hyung-Jin Jeon
  • Dae-Ryoung Kang
  • Sang-Baek Go
  • Tae-Hyun Park
  • Si-Hyun Park
  • Jung-Eun Kwak
  • Cheol-Min Lee
Research Article


The aim of this study was to determine the factors that go into a highly reliable estimate of radon exposure levels for use in setting up the case-control study. To this end, the present study conducted a multi-faceted investigation of the distribution of radon concentrations in the bedrooms and living rooms of 400 households in the target areas during the winter months from December 2014 to February 2015. We determined that taking the mean value of the radon concentration levels detected in the bedroom and living room as the representative value of residential concentration is appropriate, given the usability of previous research data and the difference in the concentration levels between the two. In terms of detector placement, we found that detectors should not inconvenience residents or be affected by an air current. Further, we found that housing type should distinguish between regular housing (single-detached, row, and multiplex housing) and apartments but that the building type was not a key factor in the assessment of radon exposure levels. Houses should be classified into those constructed with soil (red clay) and those with constructed with general building materials for the assessment of radon exposure levels.


222-Rn Radon exposure Radon Exposure measurement Alpha track detector 



This subject is supported by Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE) as “the Environmental Health Action Program.” (Grant Number 2015001350004).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyung-Jin Jeon
    • 1
  • Dae-Ryoung Kang
    • 2
  • Sang-Baek Go
    • 3
  • Tae-Hyun Park
    • 4
  • Si-Hyun Park
    • 4
  • Jung-Eun Kwak
    • 4
  • Cheol-Min Lee
    • 4
  1. 1.Korea Environmental Information CenterKorea Environment InstituteSejongSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Humanities and Social MedicineAjou UniversitySuwonSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Preventive MedicineYonsei University Wonju College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea
  4. 4.Department of Chemical and Biological EngineeringSeokyeong UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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