At the recent AGM, new Officers for the UK Radon Association were elected. We are delighted to announce that Lynn Cooper (Principal Waste Management Consultant and RPA at Studsvik) has been elected as the new Chair of UKRA.
Lynn said, “I would like to thank the out-going Chairman and Secretary, Martin and Rebecca, for all their hard work at UKRA over the past few years. Their dedication has made UKRA what it is today, and I hope I can continue their work.
The recent Radon Symposium was a great success, and it was excellent to see so many people attending and presenting from abroad as well as the UK. This is testament to the strong connections that UKRA has developed with local and international partners. I hope that during my tenure we can build upon and develop these relationships and continue to raise awareness of radon in the UK.
I look forward to working with the new Vice Chair, Darren Turner, our new Secretary, Victoria Lilley, and all of the Board and members as we continue UKRA’s mission as the professional body for all those involved in radon testing, radon remediation and radon protection across the UK.”
In this special video that was produced for the UK Radon Association as part of our 2017 Radon Awareness Week campaign, internationally renowned radiation biologist Dr Aaron Goodarzi explains how exposure to radon can cause DNA damage leading to lung cancer, and why protecting children from exposure to high levels of radon is particularly important.
The Association is honoured to have The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath (Councillor William Sandry) to welcome delegates to the UK’s first Radon Symposium. A number of speakers from the UK, North America and Europe are giving presentations aimed at bringing professionals from a range of radon-related fields together. The Symposium promises to be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the latest developments in the health effects radon; to hear of the latest legislation and guidance covering contractors in the field of radon mitigation; and how others in the international arena are dealing with the health and practical issues surrounding elevated levels of radon in homes and workplaces.
Distinguished speakers from the UK, Europe and North America will make for an excellent forum for learning and the exchange of ideas at the first UK Radon Symposium to be held on 14th April 2016. Topics covered in the programme include: new building regulations and guidance (UK and EU); public health issues; and practical aspects of radon mitigation. A discount on registration is available for students, healthcare workers and those representing cancer charities. This event provides a superb opportunity for those involved in the field of radon mitigation, as well as those with an interest in increasing awareness of the cancers caused by radon, to come together on a common platform. Delegates will leave with an enhanced perception of the issues surrounding the problems caused by indoor radon.
The UK Radon Symposium is a one-day event which will be held on 14th April 2016 at Bailbrook House Hotel near Bath. Delegate registration is now open at www.ukradonsymposium.com, where you will also find more details about the speakers, programme and venue.
The Symposium is open to members and non-members and will be of particular interest to those involved in the fields of indoor air quality, radiation protection and healthcare.
Members will receive a discounted registration fee.
Now that this year’s campaign has ended, the UK Radon Association Chairman, Martin Freeman, has written an open letter of thanks to those who have supported the initiative, as well as setting down objectives for future work.
The purpose of European Radon Day, which has been initiated by the European Radon Association (ERA) is to give a focal point for radon awareness activity for all European countries. And what better date than Marie Curie’s birthday, which also falls within global Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
ERA has designed a poster which can be downloaded and shared with friends, family and colleagues to spread the message about radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.
The poster can be downloaded in 10 different languages, maximising its appeal and reach. Visit www.radoneurope.org to view & download the posters and find out what different countries are doing to celebrate and spread radon awareness.
The very first UK Radon Awareness Week campaign will be happening between 7th – 13th November 2015. The campaign is being organised by UKRA in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE) and BRE Academy.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer, amongst a wide range of people in the UK. 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.
A dedicated website, www.radonweek.co.uk has been created, and a number of posters are already available for download. More resources, including a video of an awareness ‘stunt’ that UKRA will soon be carrying out will be available soon.
Wednesday 4th February 2015 is World Cancer Day, giving us a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the UK.
One of the key messages of this year’s World Cancer Day is encouraging people to make Healthy Life Choices, with the organisers stating “Empowering people to make healthy choices and reducing the social and environmental risk factors for cancer are key to achieving the global goal of reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025 and reaching the targets of the World Cancer Declaration.”
Our goal is to increase awareness of radon so that people can make a decision whether or not to test their home (we recommend that all homes are tested). Radon testing is the only way to know whether a building contains elevated levels of radon and whether the occupants are at risk of developing lung cancer.
We have created a simple factsheet and we hope that this will be shared with friends, family and colleagues to spread the message that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Print it and pin to your staff noticeboard, tweet it with the hashtags #worldcancerday & #radon or email a link to your nearest & dearest.