According to the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine....quote:
"Residential exposure to radon is an important cause of lung cancer in the general population"
The Australian Radon Mitigation and Detectors Association Inc. (ARMADA) is the independent non-profit industry body for the Australian Radon
industry, ensuring that Australian home owners can have their homes measured for this lethal odourless gas and be assured of the quality of the
service and advice.
As the gas breaks down it omits radiation that has been shown to cause fatal lung cancer.
Radon Gas to very difficult to measure and as such customers should be wary about who they get to measure their home for Radon Gas. ARMADA certifies the Contractors, Suppliers and Consultants offering Advice and Services Involving remedial work for Radon Gas so that the home or business owner can be satisfied of the quality of the service. All certified members of ARMADA can demonstrate competence in the field of radon detection as they have successfully completed a comprehensive ARMADA Training Programme.
The Australian Government first did a field measurement and sampled some houses here in Australia in 1990. Since then the global awareness and knowledge of this gas has improved considerably. Australian home owners are encouraged to investigate how Radon is handled and observed in a range of other countries. The links below will help the reader develop an appreciation for the seriousness of the effect that Radon has on the average family home and work place.
THE BY PRODUCTS OF RADON CAUSE LUNG CANCER.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) now advise that the safest level of exposure to Radon is zero!
Sweden (see Swedish Radon Program)
Austria (see ARP – Austrian Radon Project)
Germany ( www.bfs.de/en/ion/radon)
Our global changing view grows with our understanding in exactly the same way exposure to Lead in paint and petrol, asbestos and tobacco went
down a similar path. Radon is next.
The one thing you will find is a differing opinion as to what is and isn't safe. In 1944 the level considered safe was around 500 Bq. In 1980 it was
400. In 1990 it was 200 Bq. As our knowledge grows, so the level of exposure that is considered safe, drops.
The original 1990 Australian study only sampled one in every 2000 houses but found that approx 30% of those homes samples had levels above
400 Bq. The conclusion at the time, (influenced by the US findings in the Watras House in 1988) was that due a low average of approx 12 Bq, that
further study was not warranted.
The fact that readings around the 400 Bq mark were identified combined with the very low number of buildings measured, leaves a question mark
over a large number of Australian homes.
ARMADA – openly encourage home owners to contact us if you need help or support in determining the best approach to have the level of Radon
measured accurately in your home. Further we encourage comments or complaints about our members.
Please send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
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