Airtech urges everyone to take action this Radon Awareness Week
Airtech Solutions, the condensation, mould and radon specialists, is supporting UK Radon Awareness Week (1-7 November 2021) by encouraging everyone to not delay and to take action. Run by the UK Radon Association, this year’s theme for UK Radon Awareness Week is ‘Don’t Delay’. In support of Radon Awareness Week, Airtech is therefore advising households, private landlords, social housing landlords and employers, ‘Don’t Delay’ learn more about radon and its health effects and carry out a radon test in your home and workplace to help protect families and employees.
Many people are still unaware that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, posing a significant risk to lung health with 1,100 deaths each year estimated to be caused by exposure to the gas. Lung cancer diagnosis and treatment have been the most delayed of all cancers during the pandemic due to factors including overlapping symptoms with COVID-19 and shared needs from respiratory medicine services. The UK Radon Association, as part of its campaign, is therefore also advising that you should contact your GP if you’ve had a cough for more than three weeks, as well as raising radon awareness and encouraging testing.
For social housing and private landlords, it is essential they take action since they have a duty of care to protect their residents from radon under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. Properties are assessed on a range of criteria, and they will be deemed unfit for habitation if there are serious defects in one or more of them. Radon is listed as a hazard under the category ‘Hazards under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System’. It is therefore vital for landlords to ensure their properties do not breach the Homes Act. Airtech can help landlords by providing them with a complete solution to protect both residents and landlords.
Similarly, employers also have a duty of care to their employees and must comply with the HSE Health & Safety at Work Act, which states all employers must review the potential radon hazard in their premises to ensure the health and safety of employees and others who have access to their work environment. Risk assessment for radon should be carried out in all below ground workplaces in the UK, and all workplaces located in Radon Affected Areas. Airtech can help employers by providing both radon testing and remediation.
“We are pleased to once again support Radon Awareness Week. With radon the second leading cause of lung cancer in the UK after smoking, it is vital we make more people aware of the risks of this naturally occurring colourless, odourless radioactive gas”, explains Tom Wodcke, Product Manager at Airtech. “By encouraging households, social and private landlords and employers to learn about and test for radon as part of the UK Radon Association’s Don’t Delay campaign, we hope more people will take action to help protect lung health. At Airtech we can help with both testing and remediation to ensure properties are protected from high levels of radon.”
A naturally occurring colourless, odourless radioactive gas, radon disperses harmlessly into the air outdoors. However, once it finds its way indoors, through gaps and cracks in floors and walls, it may build up to potentially harmful levels. Every building has radon and in most areas the levels are low, however, some buildings in "Radon Affected Areas" have higher levels. Households, landlords and employers in radon affected areas should have their properties tested to ensure they are not above the 200Bq/m3 action level set by Public Health England. Airtech offers an effective and efficient programme, testing properties with small unobtrusive pods placed in a property to detect radon over a three-month period to ensure accurate testing. If levels are above the threshold, high levels of radon in a property can be reduced with simple measures.
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When high levels of radon are detected, Airtech will recommend an appropriate solution to fit the levels of radon present. This could be installing positive input ventilation (PIV), which forces contaminated air out of a home by introducing fresh air into the property. Alternatively, in properties with very high levels of radon they may need to have an active radon sump fitted with a fan. Sumps work effectively under solid floors, and under suspended floors, if the ground is covered with concrete or a membrane.
Airtech offers a complete solution to help protect properties from the risks caused by radon gas with 30 years of experience in radon prevention. The company offers a full range of products and services, from radon testing to full remediation of housing stock.