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Measurements of uranium in urine samples of uranium workers and inhabitants of nearby settlements in Akmola Region, Kazakhstan

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The main purpose is determine and evaluate uranium concentration in urine of the inhabitants of nearby settlement of uranium mining sites and workers of uranium processing sites. As uranium enterprises working in Stepnogorsk of Akmola Region and its exploitation could be a risk of radiation exposure for the workers as well as for the local population, monitoring of biosamples could allow information about the exposure to uranium for the workers and inhabitants. Workers and inhabitants of male genders were asked to collect 24 h-urine samples. The concentration of uranium in urine was measured in mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Uranium concentration in urine samples from workers values ranged from 0.05 to 12.5 μgL−1 , for Akmola region inhabitants values ranged from 0.10 to 0.60 μgL−1 . The results of concentrations of uranium in the urine of inhabitants living near SMCC were comparable to values reported in other studies. The concentration of uranium in the urine of the workers had slightly elevated values, comparable to the conditional norm of 0.9 μg/L.

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M. N. Aumalikova
L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University; Institute of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection NJSC Astana Medical University
Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan



D. S. Ibrayeva
L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University; Institute of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection NJSC Astana Medical University
Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan



K. Sh. Zhumadilov
L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University
Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan



M. M. Bakhtin
Institute of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection NJSC Astana Medical University
Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan



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Aumalikova M.N., Ibrayeva D.S., Zhumadilov K.S., Bakhtin M.M. Measurements of uranium in urine samples of uranium workers and inhabitants of nearby settlements in Akmola Region, Kazakhstan. Eurasian Journal of Physics and Functional Materials. 2022;6(2):118-123. https://doi.org/10.32523/ejpfm.2022060203

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