Radon gas exposure is the second highest cause of lung cancer in the UK, after smoking. Radon is naturally occurring, colourless and odourless. The UK radon atlas locates areas which are likely to be most affected by radon, but there is a high variability in exposure over space and time. Radon monitoring is the only way to determine the actual risk within a property or a development site is to measure the concentrations.
Currently the UK uses an Action Level of 200 Bq m-3 for indoor radon exposure. The World Health Organisation proposes that this level is halved, to reflect the risks of even low radon levels. There is a strong association between radon and lung cancer at levels of radon commonly found in residential buildings.
It is important that we do our best to limit exposure to radon. Concentrations can vary significantly in confined spaces such as houses and offices and many factors are involved. The measurement and assessment of radon risk is an important step to affording appropriate protection to the places we live and work.
GGS offers a professional and discrete monitoring and assessment service to help reduce exposure to radon in existing homes and workplaces. Initial ten day screening tests are available as well as the recommended three month tests, which provide a more reliable assessment of average annual exposure.
Addressing radon is also important in the construction of new buildings. GGS carries out a unique radon monitoring services as an addition to its continuous ground-gas monitoring and risk assessment service and will provide professional mitigation and remediation advice.
If you are responsible for the management of commercial or public buildings, GGS can also assist in fulfilling your duties under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999.
If you require more information about our Radon services please contact us.
- GGS are members of the Radon Council
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