WHO launches National Radon Database

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a National Radon Database on policies and regulations, as well as an updated Fact sheet on “Radon and health” in recognition of World Cancer Day.

Over the past 18 months, the WHO has developed a survey to determine the current state of affairs on radon activities and regulations around the world. To date, it has received responses from 58 countries, which are presented in the new database.

Its announcement states the scientific evidence is now clear that radon, a radioactive gas, is responsible for a sizeable number of lung cancer cases worldwide. Based on this knowledge, over the past decade member states have implemented actions to manage this health risk in both dwellings and workplaces.

You can find out more on radon mitigation in Mechanical Business’s Jan/Feb 2021 article Keep Radon on Your Radar by Gord Cooke.