Does your office have radon gas?
17 February 2016
In small quantities, radon gas does not represent a major health risk. Only when radon gas is in areas of increased concentration can it cause a major health issue. The radioactive gas, radon, is a hazard in many homes and workplaces. Breathing in radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer in the UK resulting in up to 2000 fatal cancers per year. Fortunately, measuring and controlling radon gas levels are both simple and affordable.
Work environments vary greatly in size and nature, but excessive levels of radon gas can occur in essentially any type of workplace. The amount of radon within a building depends on its geographical location, structure and how the building is used. Radon comes from the ground, therefore underground areas are more likely to have high radon levels. Common workplaces that suffer from high radon concentrations include basements, mines and utility industry service ducts.
None the less, workplaces above-ground can also contain high concentrations, including; factories, offices, shops, schools, nursing homes, residential care homes. Once radon has made it’s way inside a property, the concentration levels primarily depend on the buildings ventilation. In larger buildings, radon levels can vary greatly and individual risk is dependant on what area that employee spends the majority of their time. It is for this reason, that it is very important to measure radon levels in all areas that represent the different working environments in the building.
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How can you measure radon gas?
As radon gas is invisible and odourless the only way to find out if a property has significantly high levels of radon gas is through performing thorough diagnostics. Radon levels can vary over time, this is usually because of changes in the construction of the building or alterations to heating and ventilation which can be caused by a change in use. For this reason, over a 3 month period – this then allows for fluctuations according to seasonal temperatures. Passive radon detectors are placed within the main living and sleeping areas of the property. These detectors are then sent for laboratory analysis to obtain a yearly average Becquerel level. If radon levels in the workplace exceed 400 Becquerels per cubic metre (Bq m-3) remedial action should be implemented at the earliest opportunity.
We hope we have cleared any uncertainty you may have had regarding Radon. For more information regarding the effectiveness of our Radon treatments and how they can reduce levels of Radon in your home, give our Radon Specialists a call on 0800 288 8660
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