Its Radon Awareness Week 2018
Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and is responsible for over 1100 deaths in the UK every year. High levels of radon can be found in buildings of any type, size or location with occupants unaware of the potential danger unless a specific test has been carried out.
The theme for the 2018 campaign is Healthy Living with the focus being on raising awareness of how radon can affect you in all aspects of your life, from your home to your workplace.
Testing for radon is simple and inexpensive. Radon detectors can be purchased online from a variety of suppliers which will be posted out along with instructions for use. At the end of the test period, detectors should be returned to the supplier so analysis can be carried out at a laboratory that is validated by Public Health England.
Under health and safety legislation, an assessment of radon should be carried out as part of every employer’s workplace risk assessment. This includes establishments on the high street, schools, nurseries and other buildings such as sports centres and libraries given there are employees working in these buildings. This requirement is often overlooked due to a lack of awareness of radon.
The UK Radon Association is aiming to raise awareness of radon, from the general public to employers, healthcare professionals to those in the construction industry. An increased awareness of radon will lead to a reduction in the number of avoidable lung cancer cases claiming lives each year.
Radon Awareness Week is running from 5th – 11th November 2018. Join in the discussion online, visit us at Radon Awareness Week to view & download a range of posters, leaflets, infographics and videos to learn more about radon.
The UK Radon Association is a not-for-profit, professional organisation of members who are dedicated to the highest standard of excellence and ethical performance of radon measurement, radon mitigation and transfer of radon information for the benefit of members, consumers and the wider public. Our Members include specialist radon contractors, radon testing laboratories and suppliers of radon mitigation equipment. All Members are required to adhere to the Association’s Code of Ethics.
Radon gas is an issue that can affect buildings of any type, size, age or location. Many people are unaware of the risks associated with radon, and are suprised to learn that their property may be affected by something which they cannot see or smell.
We recommend that you read our Guide to Radon for an easy-to-understand explanation of what radon is, why and how buildings should be tested for radon and how indoor radon levels can be reduced.
The below video also gives a useful overview of the issues surrounding radon gas.