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.

  • A trusted source of impartial information for property owners and consultants.
  • 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 it undertakes to mitigate radon risk. The Council has the power to remove members and contractors from its lists if they do not match 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.

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.

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