Skip to content

Draft UK National Radon Action Plan

Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas that is formed by the radioactive decay of elements that occur naturally in rocks and soils, and may also be found in certain building materials and water. Radon is the single biggest source of radiation exposure to the UK population in both homes and workplaces, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoking.

Objectives of the consultation

This consultation sought feedback on the draft National Radon Action Plan (NRAP) which addresses the health risks from public exposure to radon. It was prepared to present, in a single document, the existing elements of radon control that make up the national radon strategy and the national radon action plan. It fulfils radon-related requirements in the Ionising Radiations (Basic Safety Standards) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/482) (BEIS, 2018) that put into practice part of the 2013 European Union Basic Safety Standards on protection against ionising radiation (EURATOM, 2013).

The NRAP describes the national strategy and arrangements to reduce high individual radon exposures and the overall level of radon exposure to the population whether at home, at work or elsewhere, and consequently to reduce to reduce the individual and overall risks of lung cancer. The NRAP also covers arrangements and approaches used to communicate information and guidance on radon from government and private industry to relevant groups such as members of the public and local authorities.

This consultation concluded on 27 July 2018.

Supporting papers

To download the draft NRAP, please follow the link below.

CIBSE response

CIBSE did not submit a response to this consultation as there were no significant comments from CIBSE Members.