Radon Testing Solutions
Dangers of Radon
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, colourless and odourless, making it hard to detect without proper testing. It emanates from rocks and soil and can accumulate in buildings, especially in lower floors and basements.
Prolonged exposure to high levels of radon increases the risk of lung cancer, making it a significant health hazard.
Does Everyone Have a Responsibility to Monitor Radon Risk?
Absolutely. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) mandates that all employers, including educational institutions, should assess and manage the risk of radon in their workplaces. Like monitoring for Asbestos exposure, this responsibility is part of a broader commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all employees and others who may use their buildings.
Under the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17), employers are legally required to assess the risk of radon exposure in their workplaces. If your business is located in a designated radon-affected area, or if you have reason to believe that radon levels could be high, you must conduct a radon risk assessment and take appropriate action to reduce exposure.
Note for properties with basements: according to government guidelines all occupied basements, those used for more than 50 hours per year, should be monitored regardless of radon potential.
Premises with tank rooms, vaults (safes and safety deposit boxes), and plantrooms located in basements etc. where employees are likely to spend an hour a week, are required to carry out radon monitoring.
Where is the Risk of Dangerous Levels of Radon Most Acute in the UK?
The risk of heightened radon levels varies across the UK, with certain areas being more prone to spikes in readings due to geology. Hydro-X Air have access to detailed maps indicating radon-affected areas, to assist employers to assess their potential risk.
What constitutes a high level of Radon Gas?
In the United Kingdom, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has set an action level of 300 Bq/m³ for radon concentration in the workplace. This means that if radon gas levels are found to be at or above these thresholds, steps must be taken to contain the threat.
Hydro-X Air specialises in the meticulous surveying of indoor air quality, including radon measurement.
If you have any questions regarding radon or you are not sure what you need to do to maintain a safe and compliant workplace, do not hesitate to contact us.