The application of radiation protection standards recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection to Indian conditions is discussed. Data on total body weight and weights of twelve selected body organs of normal Indian adults are presented. It is shown that because of differences in total body weight and the weights of individual body organs from those assumed for the ICRP standard man, maximum permissible body burden values may require a downward revision for a large number of radionuclides by factors ranging from 0.56 to 0.80, little revision for four radionuclides and upward revision for five radionuclides by a factor of 1.29 or 1.80. Due to increased water consumption by Indians, (MPC)w, values for many radionuclides may have to be scaled down by an additional factor of 2. An attempt is made to evolve allowable limits of surface contamination in the light of the hygienic standards and the eating habits of Indian workers. It is indicated that internal contamination through ingestion may be the limiting criterion in establishing such standards.
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