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Zircon & NORM

Like many other rocks and minerals, zircon is a naturally-occurring radioactive material (NORM) that is used in many varied applications including ceramic tiles, sanitary ware, foundry and refractory materials, medical implants, consumer electronics and in the manufacture of jet engine parts. Radiation from zircon is extremely low and is similar to other naturally-occurring sources such as granite. The following publications offer information and guidance on naturally-occurring radioactive material.

More information on how NORM is regulated can be found on our Regulation page.

Working safely with zircon sands

ZIA has published a best practice guide to working safely with zircon sands.

Transporting zircon

ZIA has published a comprehensive guide to the procedures and regulations involved in transporting zircon, as well as a best practice guide to the measurement of gamma radiation from zircon and other NORM in transport.

Minerals containing natural radioactivity

This leaflet, published by the National Radiological Protection Board, offers information about different types of radiation, how radiation is measured, precautions that can be taken to protect workers against exposure and relevant regulations.

Radiation protection and NORM residue management in the zircon & zirconia industries

Number 51 in the International Atomic Energy Association Safety Reports Series, this report provides detailed information to assist regulatory bodies in implementing a graded regulatory approach to the protection of workers and members of the public against exposures associated with industrial applications of zircon and zirconia.

Industry Guidance

We aim to support our members by providing guidance on best practice in the industry. We also represent and support the zirconium value chain by educating and informing governments, industry bodies and other key stakeholders on the uses and benefits of zircon and its derivatives – including in the context of emerging regulatory challenges and industry-wide technical issues.