Radon.ie- the primary resource for advice about radon in Ireland.

Date released: Oct 24 2016

Radon.ie – the primary resource for advice about radon in Ireland
Working to reduce radon related deaths in Ireland

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched the new Radon.ie online resource.  Your complete radon guide, Radon.ie includes advice and information to help protect people against this carcinogenic gas that can accumulate inside buildings. From families, employers and school managers to health and building professionals or home buyers and sellers, the website provides relevant radon information.

  Speaking at the launch Laura Burke, EPA Director General said:

“Radon is a serious public health hazard and is linked to up to 250 cases of lung cancer each year in Ireland.  We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our families from this risk and it is very easy to do this.  Radon testing is simple and inexpensive and reducing high radon levels in a building is also straightforward.”

 “You can find out how to create a healthier future for your family and in your workplace by visiting Radon.ie.  On the website you can check your address to see if you are in a high risk area; find useful information about the risks of radon and how to test for it; prevent it and reduce high levels. Remember that radon is only a problem if it is ignored.”

Radon.ie provides practical information tailored for:

  • Householders
  • Employers
  • Schools 
  • Builders
  • Housing authorities
  • Health specialists
  • Home buyers and sellers
  • Radon service providers

Radon.ie is being launched today at the thirteenth National Radon Forum in Dublin. Attendees will be informed about the implementation of the National Radon Control Strategy which covers a four year period to 2018; new training courses for builders and remediators; the development of registration schemes for radon services and a wide range of ongoing radon research.  Professor David Hevey, Trinity College Dublin, will also discuss radon risk communication from a health psychology perspective.  Professor Hevey commented,

 “My research has shown that, in Ireland, while there is a high level of awareness of the health risks from radon gas, persuading people to test and fix their homes is not easy.  Accessible information designed for the many different stakeholders with a role to play in reducing the risk from radon is vital.  Radon.ie provides this information in a clear and easy to understand way.  The information on Radon.ie will help us all to protect ourselves from this carcinogen”.

Radon.ie was developed by the EPA under the Government’s National Radon Control Strategy (NRCS).  The NRCS is a cross Government strategy led by the Department of Community, Climate Action and Environment and comprising representatives from key Departments and Agencies.  The main goal of the NRCS is to reduce the number of radon related lung cancers in Ireland.

Notes to Editor:

National Radon Control Strategy: The National Radon Control Strategy was launched in February 2014 by then Minister for the Environment, Mr Phil Hogan, T.D.. The Strategy aims to tackle the serious public health problem caused by radon gas and to reduce associated lung cancer cases.
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.

National Radon Forum: The National Radon Forum is the thirteenth in a series of annual forums that provide an opportunity for those with a role to play in reducing the risk from radon in Ireland to review progress and to consider new strategies based on best international practice. The National Radon Forum brings together a broad range of stakeholders focused on addressing the radon problem in Ireland.

Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that originates from the decay of uranium in rocks and soils. It has no smell, colour or taste and can only be detected using special detectors. Outdoors, radon quickly dilutes to harmless concentrations but when it enters an enclosed space, such as a house or other building, it can accumulate to unacceptably high concentrations
Detailed information on radon and its risks, including information on how to get your home or workplace tested for radon is available on the EPA’s website http://www.epa.ie/radon/ or via freefone 1800 300 600.