Radon Week: Raising awareness and encouraging understanding

08Nov / 2016

Radon Week: Raising awareness and encouraging understanding

This week is Radon Week, which aims to improve public knowledge of the gas and highlight what to do when you are most likely to encounter it – when buying or selling a house.

Radon Week was launched by the UK Radon Association (UKRA) in 2015 with the aim of providing a targeted forum for radon-focused organisations to highlight the presence of the gas, its potential impact and how it can be dealt with.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can be found all over the world. It forms from uranium, which is concentrated in granite, meaning radon is found in all rocks and soils that derive from granite, including most sedimentary rocks like limestone and shale. Other sources of radon can include building materials and water extracted from wells in radon affected areas.

Radon SumpConsidering that Radon gas exposure is the second highest cause of lung cancer in the UK (after smoking), raising awareness of this gas’s harmful and invisible effects is essential. On average, Radon exposure accounts for around 50% of an individual’s radiation exposure each year. The latest available figures in England and Wales suggest that around 2000 premature deaths are caused by Radon annually.

Both the UK Radon Council and the European Radon Association (ERA) have channelled their efforts into raising awareness of Radon with the public during this year’s Radon Week. The first radon fact sheet has been launched to coincide with the event, covering the important issue of ‘House buying and selling: Radon issues brought into context’. It explains how to overcome the hurdles of the house-buying process for both buyers and sellers which for many is the first time they are made aware of radon.

Having had several articles published on Radon monitoring and protection, GGS is proud to support Radon Week and the education of the wider public to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to provide protection from the effects of Radon exposure. It’s vital to address the presence of radon when constructing new buildings. GGS carries out a unique radon monitoring services as an addition to its continuous ground-gas monitoring and risk assessment service and provide professional mitigation and remediation advice.

Click here to find out more about GGS radon monitoring services.

Click here to access the fact sheet.

Click here to read a recent GGS published article on Radon in Tomorrow’s FM (page 54).