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Radon

Information on radon and reports from the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE).

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.

Public Health England (PHE) is the UK’s primary expert on radon and radiation protection. PHE provides resources and advice about radon for the public, including individual householders, industry, education and research.

The UKradon website has more information about radon, including:

  • health risks
  • maps of radon-affected areas
  • the radon measurement services that PHE offers

The PHE blog Public health matters includes radon.

Read recent PHE publications on radon below.

Guidance documents

  1. Radon: indicative atlas in England and Wales

    • Guidance
  2. Radon: indicative atlas in Scotland

    • Guidance
  3. Radon: indicative atlas for Northern Ireland

    • Guidance
  4. Radon: limitation of human exposure

    • Guidance
  5. Radon and public health

    • Guidance
  6. Radon in dwellings: validation scheme for measurements

    • Guidance

Research and analysis

  1. Radon: householder knowledge

    • Research and analysis
  2. Radon in homes: England and Wales 2010 data review

    • Research and analysis
  3. Radon in Northern Ireland homes: targeted survey

    • Research and analysis
  4. Radon in Northern Ireland homes: targeted survey

    • Research and analysis
  5. Passive radon detectors: results of the 2014 PHE intercomparison

    • Research and analysis
  6. Passive radon detectors: results of the 2013 PHE intercomparison

    • Research and analysis
  7. Radon: analysis of remediation methods

    • Research and analysis
  8. Radon: review and atlas for Scotland

    • Research and analysis
  9. Radon: targeted survey of Scottish homes

    • Research and analysis
  10. Domestic radon programme in England: evaluation and equity audit

    • Research and analysis
  11. Radon exposure in mines: analysis of dose to regions of the lung

    • Research and analysis