Radon Management

What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep out of the ground and build-up in houses, schools, public buildings and indoor workplaces, with the highest levels usually found in underground spaces such as basements, caves and mines. Ground floor buildings are also at risk of higher concentrations of the gas, as they are generally at a slightly lower pressure than the surrounding atmosphere, allowing radon to enter buildings through the underlying sub-soil by way of cracks and gaps in the floor.

Radon is much like carbon monoxide in that it is invisible; you can’t see, smell or taste it and as such its presence in a building poses a serious danger to your and others’ health. Inhalation of Radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer in the UK, resulting in up to 2000 terminal cancers per year.

Your Duty?

Employers are required by ‘The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999’ to assess risks from radon in workplaces in Affected Areas, which usually requires concentration measurements being taken. The ‘Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999’ requires that action be taken if the average Radon concentration level exceeds 400 Bq/m3 (becquerels per cubic metre of air) within a 24 hour period.

What you will get from us?

OHS can offer testing and monitoring services for all kinds of clients. If you require analysis of Radon concentrations within buildings, ground-soil or water supplies, we can provide a testing solution for you.

To discuss any of our services call OHS Ltd on 0113 831 3120 to speak to one of our experts.