Radon: Achieving workplace statutory compliance

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Are you aware of the risks of radon at the workplace?

Radon, a radioactive by-product of Radium, is known to be the second largest cause of lung cancer and the third leading cause of premature deaths in the UK2. Whilst awareness is building on the potential health implications of long-term exposure to the natural gas, more could be done to ensure employers have an adequate and appropriate strategy in place to protect employees and achieve workplace statutory compliance. 

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers must, so far as is reasonably practical, ensure the health and safety of employees and others who have access to their work environment. Alongside this general guidance, to ensure workplace compliance, employers must meet two statutory health and safety obligations that are linked to radon. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires the assessment of health and safety risks, which should include radon and the Ionising Radiations Regulations (IRR99) includes guidance on monitoring exposure in radon affected workplaces.

Our scientific advisors bring you a guide which explains the risks of radon and looks at how to manage and mitigate exposure to radon in the workplace effectively. 

This guideline text covers:

The risks of radon and people affected

Workplace statutory compliance

Measuring, mitigating and managing exposure

The recommended workplace limit

Achieving effective radon management

Depending on the potential level of risk, properties will need to be assessed for radon levels on a regular basis as part of an ongoing mitigation strategy.

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