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Industry Experts Convene in Switzerland for European Radon Week

Last year’s European Radon Week was cancelled due to the pandemic, therefore there is great anticipation for the 2021 event. The conference is being held in Fribourg, Switzerland and will take place between 12 and 15 October. The event brings together researchers, experts and industry representatives from across Europe and the rest of the world. The organiser is the European…
Darren Cottom
October 12, 2021
Measurement

Radonova Showcases Innovative Radon Solutions at GARRM 2021

Radonova recently attended the 15th International Workshop on the Geological Aspects of Radon Risk Mapping in Prague – GARRM 2021. The conference was the first of its kind since the start of the pandemic. On behalf of Radonova, Thomas Chauvin, Patrik Nôteberg, José-Luis Gutierrez Villanueva and Zuzanna Podgorska were at the event. The conference had two clear focuses – radon…
Darren Cottom
October 5, 2021
Measurement

What are acceptable levels of radon gas exposure?

The effects of radon gas exposure on our health are well documented and have been proven to be life threatening. In fact, Radon gas exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Therefore, long-term exposure to the gas increases the probability of developing lung cancer. Any exposure to radon gas provides a risk, even is that exposure…
Darren Cottom
September 21, 2021
Measurement

What type of units are used to measure radon gas?

It seems a simple question, but in reality the answer is not so straightforward. Firstly, we need to clarify exactly what we are talking about when it comes to radon gas. There are various aspects to radon: radon gas exposure, radon gas concentration in indoor air, radon gas concentration in soil, radon in water, radon exhalation, radon doses, etc. Depending…
Darren Cottom
September 7, 2021
Measurement

Why you should measure for radon levels

There is increasing global awareness of the detrimental health risks posed by radon exposure. Every day the issue gains more attention. New legislations are being introduced across the world to tackle the issue, and measuring instruments are being enhanced to attain better results. But the question remains, what is the best way of measuring radon levels in the home or…
Darren Cottom
August 24, 2021
Measurement

How does radon gas affect humans?

Radon gas is responsible for 55% of the total exposure of the general public to natural ionizing radiation (UNSCEAR report 2000). We can always find elevated radon levels indoors, and we are breathing radon gas everywhere. However, questions arise such as why is radon gas dangerous and how does it affect humans? Introduction: Rn alpha radiation and physics Radon is…
Darren Cottom
August 10, 2021
Measurement

Radonova´s German partner expands radon expertise and portfolio to meet increased demand for radon measurements

Recent changes in German radon regulation law have raised awareness of radon and the detrimental impact it has on health, as well as the availability of local distributors and contractors that supply radon measuring devices and services. Radonova's partner Safetec has been active in the field of radiation protection for almost 30 years and knows firsthand how the market for…
Darren Cottom
July 6, 2021
Workplace

Elevated radon levels can be found in all types of workplaces

A new study shows that different types of workplaces indicate minor differences in measured radon levels. When the world's largest radon laboratory Radonova carried out measurements at approximately 10,000 workplaces between 2018 and 2020, the variations between offices, industries, stores, and schools were inconsequential. The exception applies to underground workplaces, where radon levels, as expected, tend to be higher than…
Darren Cottom
June 22, 2021
Measurement

Radonova´s Radtrak2 detectors receive excellent results in a Spanish radon intercomparison test

Radonova and ACPRO, one of Radonova´s distributors in Spain, have taken part in an intercomparison exercise with passive radon detectors. The Radtrak2 detectors used in the test got very good results when comparing to other detectors. ACPRO SLU has been authorized as a Technical Unit in Radiological Protection (UTPR) since 1990. The national intercomparison test was organized by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in collaboration with the Spanish Radiation Safety Authority (CSN). For the intercomparison test, at least five detectors of the…
Darren Cottom
June 8, 2021
Workplace

When was radon gas discovered?

To find out when radon gas was first discovered, we must go back to the 16th century when scientists started to study the reasons for diseases among miners in Saxony and Bohemia. Lung diseases were common among those miners, and it is clear that radon gas was responsible for the fatalities. At the end of the 19th century, a new…
Darren Cottom
May 25, 2021