The independent self-regulatory body for the radon protection industry

The independent, self-regulatory body for the radon protection industry

The Radon Council is the independent non-profit, self-regulatory body for the radon protection industry.

  • Is a trusted source of impartial information for property owners and consultants.
  • Offers support and membership benefits for contractors and suppliers.

The Radon Council is not a trade body. It is a not for profit organisation that educates and trains professionals in radon matters. These professionals vary from those in the building trade, to housing agencies, health protection officers, lawyers, estate agents etc.  It sets standards that it expects its members to meet in any measurement, remediation and new build work that they undertake to mitigate radon risk. The Council has the power to remove members and contractors from its lists if they do not comply with the standards of the Council.

Those who undertake Council training have access to a very comprehensive manual – The Radon Manual – which sets out standards and also tells members about the theory, policy and practice around radon work. The Manual is made available to those who attend the training courses. The Council also works closely with organisations such as the BRE and the UK Health Security Agency on radon standards – being a key stakeholder in any government guidance that is produced.

Contractual Responsibility – current building regulations provide guidance in conjunction with BR 211 and other documents/organisations to give all stakeholders up-to-date information with regard to protecting new and existing structures from the risk of radon ingress. With the threat that radon has to human health, it is important that all stakeholders, or any given project design team, use the appropriate guidance within relevant documents, including BR 211, to provide structures that are fit for purpose and safe for all to live/work within. The Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA) received Royal Assent on 28th April 2022 and on 1st October 2023 Secondary Legislation, enabled by the Act, became law. This significant legislation is relevant to almost all who work in the construction industry, not just those working with Higher Risk Buildings. All contractors have a personal responsibility to be aware of the major and important features of the BSA 2022 and other connected legislation that are now a legal requirement. A major theme that runs through the legislation is the ability to clearly demonstrate competence and compliance.

Radon protection in new build

Radon remediation in existing structures

Radon health risks

Why does radon matter?

Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas. Any exposure to this type of radiation is a serious risk to health. Radiation can cause damage in living tissues and increase the risk of cancer. Radon is everywhere, it is formed by the radioactive decay of the small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils. The radioactive elements formed by the decay of radon can be inhaled. Inside the lungs, these elements continue to decay and emit radiation. These are absorbed by the nearby lung tissues and cause localised damage. This damage can lead to lung cancer.  

However, although radon is everywhere and dangerous, extensive research has taken place to comprehend how to mitigate the risks. By understanding radon and using contractors who can comprehensively employ the correct techniques, radon exposure can be considerably reduced.  

Latest news from The Radon Council

As a leading authority on radon gas in the UK, The Radon Council is a source of information and a voice for those who work to protect the population and make homes and offices safe. Watch this website for the latest news and information.

21st National Radon Forum

The date for the 21st National Radon Forum has been announced  Tuesday 19th November 2024 UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards Directorate, Chilton,

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Course booking Terms and Conditions

  1. All course fees are payable in full at time of reservation unless agreed otherwise.
  2. A refund of 60% of the amount paid will be made in the event of receipt of written cancellation at least FOUR weeks prior to the date of the course. No refund can be made on cancellation thereafter.
  3. If a candidate cannot attend the course on the agreed date, the candidate may be able to attend the next identical course. If they miss this next identical course, they cannot attend another without the payment of course fees. 
  4. Substitution of delegates (from the same company/firm) can be made at any time prior to the start of the course.
  5. In the event that a course is oversubscribed, The Radon Council reserves the right to place candidates on the course as the course fee is paid. When the course is full, the remaining candidates will be moved to the next suitable course. 
  6. All course documentation is provided solely for the private training and study purposes of individual delegates. Copyright is reserved on all material prepared and provided by The Radon Council.
  7. The Radon Council reserves the right to make any alterations to course arrangements necessitated by circumstances beyond its control.