Best Practice Guidance: Radon Protection & Remediation
Formed in 1990, The Radon Council is the Independent non-profit making self-regulatory body for the radon protection industry.
Its formation was welcomed in the Interim Report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Indoor Pollution, which called upon industry to provide a solution to the radon problem. The first objectives were to identify the “cowboy” operators and dubious training courses then in practice. Later there followed a first edition of a training manual (now in its third edition) and an agreed Code of Practice for the industry. The Council has now drawn up an Approved List of Contractors offering advice and services involving remedial work for radon gas. See list.
Firms approved by The Radon Council
Where appropriate, contractors have successfully completed the Radon Council training course.
List of contractors, suppliers and consultants
EIC guide out now
Radon: tackling the risks
World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends Action Level Reduction
WHO recommends action
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has suggested it will not be making amendments to the Building Regulations with regards to radon protection until 2013. Estimates suggest that radon kills over 2000 people a year in the UK, and The Radon Council considers this delay will allow avoidable deaths to continue.
No more amendments until 2013
Delay in revision of UK building regs.
In November 2009 the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a recommendation that the Action Level for radon in the home should be reduced to 100Bqmˉ³. The current UK level is 200Bqmˉ³.
The Radon Council
The radon issue remains low in terms of public awareness or political focus. EIC has produced this position paper on radon to raise awareness of the risks and the actions that can be taken among government, regulators, developers, building owners and occupiers and related professional advisers.
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The Radon Council has produced a 'plain language' document detailing its recommendations for how radon should be managed in both new and existing buildings. The Council advises that all those involved in protecting buildings from radon entry follow this guidance. VIEW