Radon gas is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to more than 250 lung cancer cases in Ireland each year. It is a serious public health hazard and the Government has published a strategy to tackle the problem.
The strategy sets out some 30 actions with the ultimate aim of reducing the number of radon related lung cancer cases. This work will be implemented over a 4 year period from April 2014 to April 2018.
The actions are set out in six thematic areas:
- Radon prevention in new buildings;
- Use of property transactions (sales and rental) to drive action on radon;
- Raising radon awareness and encouraging individual action on radon;
- Advice and guidance for individual householders and employers with high radon results;
- Promoting confidence in radon services; and
- Addressing radon in workplaces and public buildings.
Cross Government Implementation
The cross Government group that oversees the implementation of the Strategy is made up of representatives from the following: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Chair), Department of Health, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Department of Education and Skills, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Environmental Protection Agency, Health Service Executive, Health and Safety Authority, Geological Survey of Ireland, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the County and City Managers' Association.