Radon Gas Services

A & L Consultancy provides UK-wide Radon Gas Surveying services across the public and private sectors.

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Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas.

It’s formed by the radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils.

The main danger from high radon exposure is the increased risk of lung cancer.

For most people, radon is the single largest source of radiation exposure whether they are at home or at work.

A & L Consultants is one of the UK’s primary experts on radon protection.

The UKradon website has more information about radon, including:

  • health risks
  • maps of radon-affected areas

Below you will find the Radon Gas Services provided by us.

Radon Map of the UK

Management Plans

The management plan consists of ensuring the correct remedial actions are completed at the earliest possible date to reduce the level of BQ m-3 at the site and fresh testing is carried out.
Following the completion of the testing the new level of BQ m-3 should be assessed.
If the level has been reduced to acceptable standards (below 400 Bq/m3) then the risk assessment for the site updated accordingly.
If the remedial actions have not been successful in reducing the levels below 400 Bq/m3, further remedial actions should be carried out and the re-testing process repeated.
This flow process should be repeated as many times as required until the levels are below 44Bq/m3.

Radon Assessment

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require the assessment of health and safety risks and this must include radon if a workplace is located in a radon Affected Area, or is an underground workplace likely to be affected.
For ground floor and underground workplaces this risk assessment will almost certainly require radon measurements to be carried out.
Additionally, the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 come into effect where radon is present above the defined level of 400 Bq/m3 and employers are required to take action to restrict resulting exposures.
A Radon survey is carried out to give an indication of the Radon levels (BQ m-3) within a site, to allow for a risk assessment to be completed, to ensure the safety of all employees and visitors to the site. The risk assessment is based on floor level, size, ventilation and occupation.
Radon surveys should be conducted in any building where its location and characteristics suggest elevated levels may be found.

Did You Know?

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Testing is the only way to know your home`s radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface.
Legionnaires’ disease is preventable. The most effective way to prevent the infection is to make sure that water systems like cooling towers, spas, and pools are properly maintained and up to current health and safety codes.
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Symptoms of Legionella usually begin 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed to the bacteria. Lung infection is common with Legionella because the bacteria thrive in the warm, moist environment of the lungs.
Two different illnesses are caused by Legionella bacteria. They are Legionnaires` disease and Pontiac fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Legionella bacteria are usually found in water. The bacteria occur naturally in the environment, says the CDC, and grow best in warm water. Specific areas where you might encounter the bacteria include: cooling towers, hot tubs and whirlpool spas, hot water tanks, decorative fountains or pools, and large plumbing systems.
Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade that you may come across during your work.
The primary routes of potential human exposure to radon are inhalation and ingestion. Radon in the ground, groundwater, or building materials enters working and living spaces and disintegrates into its decay products. Although high concentrations of radon in groundwater may contribute to radon exposure through ingestion, the inhalation of radon released from water is usually more important.
Did you know the Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer, after smoking?
Legionnaires’ disease is treatable, but people over 50, and those who have underlying medical conditions, are at greater risk of serious illness after contracting the disease.
Legionnaires’ disease got its name from a 1976 outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.
Currently, about 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace. According to the most recent WHO estimates, more than 107 000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from exposure at work.
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