HPA produces new radon map of Scotland
26 July 2011 00:00 in Medical Government/ NHS related news
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has created a new map of Scotland charting areas affected by high concentrations of radon, a carcinogenic and radioactive gas.
Allying with the British Geological Survey, the agency has employed new techniques to create a more accurate map than the one produced in 2009, with estimates suggesting that up to 5,000 Scottish homes may require action to be taken to protect residents.
Radon is a naturally-occurring compound that is the second-largest cause of lung cancer in the UK, with between 100 and 200 Scots dying from the disease each year as a result of radon exposure.
Public health minister Michael Matheson said this new map will help residents to identify whether or not they are at risk or need to take precautionary measures.
He added: "We also encourage all local authorities and NHS boards to ensure that any public buildings ... in radon-affected areas are properly tested and to take the appropriate action as required."
Last week, the HPA conducted an awareness and testing campaign in West Oxfordshire among householders at potential risk from radon.
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