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Radon gas: Risks, regulations and remediation
Exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer worldwide. Radon can accumulate unnoticed within buildings, so it is vital that properties at risk are tested and action is taken to reduce high concentrations where present. Many people remain unaware of radon and only learn about it when purchasing a property, as it is covered in various conveyance documents. High radon levels in existing buildings can be mitigated and new properties can be protected from radon intrusion with careful design and workmanship. This paper discusses why it is important to protect people from radon exposure, the laws that exist to limit exposure in certain situations and the methods that can be employed in both existing and newbuilds to do so. The impact of modern energy-efficient building designs is also addressed.
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Martin Freeman is Managing Director of PropertECO Ltd and has been a leader in the UK radon field for over 25 years. He is the current Chairman of the UK Radon Association and sits on the Executive Committee of the European Radon Association.
Rebecca Coates is Commercial Director of PropertECO Ltd. She specialises in risk communication and produces campaign material for both the UK Radon Association and European Radon Association’s awareness activities, as well as delivering educational seminars on the topic nationally and internationally.