UK National Radon Action Plan

08 January 2019

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Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas that is formed by the radioactive decay of elements that occur naturally in rocks and soils. Radon is the single biggest source of radiation exposure to the UK population in both homes and workplaces.

The National Radon Action Plan’ describes the national radon strategy and arrangements for managing exposure to radon in homes and workplaces. It fulfils relevant requirements in the 2013 European Union Basic Safety Standards Directive on protection against ionising radiation (EURATOM, 2013).

The action plan includes:

  • information on the health risks from public exposure to radon
  • national strategy and arrangements for managing exposure to radon, in homes and workplaces
  • arrangements for the government and private industry to communicate radon guidance to the public and local authorities

Source: Public Health England, 18 December 2018