Exposure to radon relates to geographical location rather than to a particular occupation or industry. It is seen as a public health issue for areas where radon is found and may seep into peoples’ homes, but nevertheless, it remains an important consideration for employers who businesses are in radon-affected areas.
Radon exposure is associated with lung cancer and the cancer burden study estimates that the number of cancer deaths due to radon exposure in the workplace as 184 per year.
There is a significant public health focus to the information provided on reducing radon exposures, however, initiatives to support employers include:
- Advice during HSE’s general inspections of businesses
- Specific guidance for employers on radon in the workplace
- Working with other government departments on UK Radon Action Plan for the revised EU Directive on Basic Safety Standards for Radiaition Protection.
By registering, information on these and other initiatives on radon is available on the Occupational Disease Community site.
Specific guidance for employers on reducing radon exposure in the workplace is available on the radiation web pages.