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Criteria for Radiation Instruments (1962)

Criteria for Radiation Instruments (1962)
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This document from 1962 sets forth the Criteria for Radiation Instruments, it shows what a meter must be capable of it is to be used and advertised as a civil defense radiological instrument.

My state, Tennessee, has a section in our Department of Health that maintains this criteria, and inthe event of a nuclear emergency they ensure that emergency responders from the Federal Government, as well as other states use terms and equipment comparable to out own.  Science is exacting, but words matter.  If one group measures using standard terms, and another using imperial the numbers will be greatly (and dangerously off).

Have you ever tried to use a recipe measured in liters and milliliters when all you have is cups and teaspoons. – That is the idea.

To meet the needs of an individual or household for measurement of gamma radiation following a nuclear attack, instruments manufactured for sale to the general. public must meet minimum criteria, and it will be the responsibility of the manufacturer to assure that his instruments do meet these Criteria for Radiation Instruments in all material respects, if they are to be advertised as being adequate for this purpose.

As a supplement to organized Federal, State, and local. monitoring systems, instruments for measuring gamma. radiation exposure rates (dose rates) and total. e:exposure (dose) can provide valuable one the spot information for the citizen following a nuclear explosion. Where, through choice or necessity, one provides a private shelter for the protection of himself and family, knowledge of the radiation situation within the shelter, the home) and, under some circumstances, in surrounding areas, can be used as a basis for determining appropriate courses
of action.

Instruments designed for measurement of gamma radiation dose rate (rate meters) and instruments for measurement of -accumulated gamma radiation dose (dosimeters) can be of’ value for home use.

To meet the needs of an individual or household for measurement of gamma radiation following a nuclear attack, instruments manufactured for sale to the general. public must meet minimum criteria, and it will be the responsibility of the manufacturer to assure that his instruments do meet these criteria in all material respects, if they are to be
advertised as being adequate for this purpose.

Criteria for Radiation Instruments (1962)
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