The detection of radioactivity in the environment is performed at specialized laboratories, properly equipped, such as the EEAE Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring Department. The selection of the analysis method to be used is determined depending on the kind of sample and the radioactive agent intended to be detected.
EEAE runs laboratory measurements in the context of its supervisory role and its provision of services. Measurements relate to:
• soil, water, food, air filters and other samples, using alpha and gamma spectroscopic analysis and total alpha/beta radiation
• radiological checks of potable water and water samples from tanks, lakes and drillings for identifying artificial radioisotopes
• food to be exported from or distributed in Greece
• imported materials and goods,
• building materials and materials to be used for the industrial production of building materials,
• materials with increased natural radiation (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, NORM),
• areas with increased levels of natural radiation (phosphogypsum rejecting areas, areas with increased radon level at the interior of residences),
• objects/materials with increased radioactivity detected under scrap monitoring procedures.
The results from all radioactivity measurements performed in Greece are stored at the National Radiation Protection Database by EEAE.