Exposure to radon relates to geographical location rather than to a particular occupation or industry. It is seen as a public health issue for areas where radon is found and may seep into peoples' homes, but nevertheless, it remains an important consideration for employers who businesses are in radon-affected areas.
Radon exposure is associated with lung cancer and the cancer burden study estimates that the number of cancer deaths due to radon exposure in the workplace as 184 per year.
There is a significant public health focus to the information provided on reducing radon exposures, however, initiatives to support employers include:
- Advice during Riddor's general inspections of businesses
- Specific guidance for employers on radon in the workplace
- Working with other government departments on Radon Action Plan for the revised Directive on Basic Safety Standards for Radiation Protection.