Radon Awareness: Minimising the risk of radon exposure in the workplace

06/09/17

Modifications are being made to the regulations which cover the risk of exposure to radon in the workplace – and the Bureau Veritas team of radon experts warns it has never been more important to seek external support to achieve and maintain workplace compliance.


Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that occurs naturally in all areas of the UK due to the underlying strata, it is present in the majority of buildings however, the risks of exposure are increased significantly if the employee’s workplace is in a geographic area of high radon activity, has work areas in lower ground floors or basements and buildings where remediation control systems have been installed, but are not regularly serviced or monitored and have become ineffective.

In these cases, employers have a duty to make an assessment of radon exposure under the Management of Health and safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 (updated 2017, due to be released in 2018).

Radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer in the UK after smoking and the third leading cause of premature deaths in the UK. Are you taking appropriate measures to achieve workplace compliance and a safe working environment?


Changing regulations

With the implementation of the EU Basic Safety Standards Directive (BSSD) from February 2018, changes are being made to the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR99 / IRR17), which include guidance on monitoring the risk of exposure to radon.

These new basic safety standards for exposure to ionising radiation will include a risk-based system of regulatory control based on identification of building risk, notification to the HSE and radon control measures. There will be a greater emphasis on radon awareness and monitoring in the workplace.  Currently we understand that the 400Bq/m3 limit of radon exposure will be maintained but consideration is being given to a reduction in the maximum exposure time over a working day.

Ian Mitchell, principal consultant – radon at Bureau Veritas, said: “Radon remains a serious issue for thousands of workplaces across the UK, but too many organisations fail to put in place an effective assessment and mitigation strategy.

It has never been more important to work with a trusted, independent organisation which can support your business in achieving this – and that’s why Bureau Veritas continues to play such an important role for businesses of all sizes.

“We lead the field for radon awareness in the workplace, working with employers to assess radon exposure and make recommendations relating to control measures. And as a truly independent organisation, we have no links to remediation companies – which means you can put your trust in our qualified, professional experts.”


Want to know more?

To discuss your individual requirements, call our experienced radon team today on 0845 600 1828, or email info@uk.bureauveritas.com.

If you want to learn more about risks of radon and how to manage and mitigate exposure to radon in the workplace effectively, click here to download the Bureau Veritas white paper.

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