To mark European Radon Day 2017, the European Radon Association (ERA) has released a new video aimed at spreading awareness of the second leading cause of lung cancer worldwide.
This year’s European Radon Day also provides an excellent opportunity to remind stakeholders of the upcoming deadline for the implementation of the requirements of the Basic Safety Standards Directive. ERA’s new video includes details on some of the information that all EU Member States must include in their National Radon Action Plan, which should be published by February 2018.
The video will soon be available in different languages (French, German and Spanish) which will be available both on www.radoneurope.com and on ERA’s new YouTube channel
Satellite events European Radon Day 2017
AGES made a press release which was sent out to all subscribers of the AGES Newsletter, including journalists. The newsletter referred to the 3. European Radon Day and to free radon tests in Austria. Furthermore, relevant radon information was given on the AGES website.AGES Newsletter 11_17
AGES Website 7Nov2017
- Publication and press release of the ERD info on the FANC website, including the new film: http://afcn.fgov.be/fr/actualites/journee-europeenne-du-radon
- Press contact regarding the training for building professionals: http://afcn.fgov.be/fr/professionnels/formations/radon
- Announcements regarding the measurement campaigns www.radonatwork.be and www.actionradon.be
- The 150 birthday of Marie Sklodowska-Curie celebration at SCK-CEN, where the ERD has been presented as well as ERA, and the new ERA-film was shown on a tv-loop: http://science.sckcen.be/en/Events/Marie-Curie-150th-birthday-celebration-20171107-20171107-ad90d77a-8c9f-e711-80c4-ecf4bbc6e827?leftmainmenu=1
On 16th November there was about one hour educational program on the Bulgarian national radio focused on radon. Prof. Dobromir Pressyanov (University of Sofia and member of the ERA Executive Committee) was invited to speak on the radon issue and to answer the questions of the public.
Link to the “radon talk” made by Prof. Dobromir Pressyanov: http://bnr.bg/hristobotev/post/100897377
The French Health Ministry took the opportunity of the ERD to produce some announcements via a press release (see below), broadcast via Twitter (#Journéeradon) :
- Mentioning in particular the ERD
- Listing different regional events for public awareness (also in attached file)
- Announcing the 3rd national action plan
- Announcing the realization and the future availability of a tool kit to assist local manager to prepare and conduct a radon measurement campaign in dwellings
EPA did a video for the European Radon Day (interview with Irish Radon Ambassador, Clare Kambamettu):
Other activities organised by EPA Ireland are:
- EPA Ireland ads on RTE radio
- The Elaine Show on TV3 http://www.tv3.ie/shows/elaine (Weds 8th)
- First episode of the science education programme “10 things to know about” (13th November) which will focus on radon: http://10thingstoknowabout.ie/series-3-starts-monday-13th-november/
- Articles featuring radon on 7th, 10th and 14th November on: https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/
- Follow EPA Ireland on Twitter @EPARadiation
- Press release http://www.epa.ie/newsandevents/news/name,63180,en.html
The Institute of Nuclear Physics IFJ-PAN organised a seminar for local public, students and professionals (medicine, public health, building industry, etc.). The director of the Institute gave an opening speech. The seminar started with the presentation about Marie Sklodowska-Curie due to her 150th birthaday aniversary and then there were presentations about radon. The last point of the seminar was ERA film.
It is remarkable that for the first time medical doctors (pulmonologists, oncologists) attended this meeting. The seminar was filmed and the video will be available at “Practical Medicine” website.
The Swedish Radon Association has released a text and produced a poster on the European Radon Day. You can find this information below:
The campaign material of the UK Radon Awareness Week is accesible on the website www.radonweek.co.uk. This year’s campaign, Looking Out for Little Lungs, is focusing on making parents aware of the dangers of radon and the particular importance of limiting exposure during childhood years. If you are on Twitter, you can follow this campaign at www.twitter.com/UKRadonAssocLooking out for Little Lungs – Radon Awareness Week 2017
Some videos of the UK Radon Association:
Looking out for little lungs, a compilation:
How Radon Affects Your Family – interview with Dr Aaron Goodarzi
Public Health England (PHE) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) held the 16th UK National Radon Forum on 7 November 2017 –European Radon Day. The topic “Radon and Indoor Air Quality” brought together presentations on the synergies of radon and Indoor Air Quality as a result of house ventilation trends, building regulations and Public Health.
The Forum was opened with a summary of BRE’s contribution to radon research, development and application. It highlighted the input made by Chris Scivyer over many years and marked his forthcoming retirement.
PHE updated on current activities; the status of the implementation of the BSS European Directive including the UK National Radon Action Plan; ICRP and radon dosimetry; baseline monitoring in potential shale gas areas; review of the UK radon measurement validation scheme; updates on mapping and current remediation advice.
Research was presented showing trends between ventilation and radon in energy efficient buildings in Ireland. Other presentations included: the selection and use of radon instruments; radon reduction and improvement of indoor air using positive input ventilation; an update on BRE radon training launched the latest module on ‘buying and selling properties’. ‘Be radon smart’, a dedicated radon ‘checkatrade’ style website was announced.
Promoting radon awareness is a major task for all stakeholders. The poster describes recent awareness raising events within PHE targeting mainly landlords, housing associations, occupational facility managers and the general public – see poster link or below.
S A Hodgson, Public Health England, 13 November 2017Poster_Radon_Forum_2017
Last year the first European Radon Day, an initiative led by ERA occurred on 7th November 2015. This event was a big success and satellite events took place in several European countries. You can find a summary of what happened at the ERA website.
The Executive Committee of ERA agreed on its last meeting to keep 7th November as the annual date for European Radon Day. The reason for choosing that day is that it is the birthday of Marie Sklodowska-Curie. Therefore, we encourage you to carry out activities such as public awareness actions, press communications, campaigns, training, publicity, etc… on that day and share with us through the website. So send us any material you wish to appear on the website and we will inform ERA members. We will include on this page the activities carried out in the different countries on this special day.
Satellite events European Radon Day 2016
IFJ PAN organised a popular seminar about radon problems for open public. One of the points was a lecture about Marie Sklodowska-Curie, apart from that they presented the results of their joint project concerning radon measurements in kindergartens in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary. This was a project co-financed by Visegrag Funds. After the seminar the information about radon was published in press, in newspaper and on the websites. In addition, they made a “radon house” to show the ways of radon entry into building. Page 7 of the next pdf is in normal light and after switching to UV light the ways of radon entry start to be visible (page 8 of pdf)polishERD2016
Norway (Company Airthings)
For the week, to recognise European Radon day, Airthings is contributing 10% of their sales on their shop of the Corentium Home to the Norwegian Cancer Society.
Hajo Zeeb one of the editors of the WHO Radon Handbook on Indoor Radon was interviewed by Deutschlandfunk (German Radio Station). He emphasized, that he thinks planning to introduce a reference level of 300 Bq/m³ instead of 100 Bq/m³ in Germany is unfortunate. http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/radon-gefahr-durch-geruchloses-gift.697.de.html?dram:article_id=370677
In the federal state Saxony European Radon Day posters were sent to communities with high radon concentrations. They were asked to attach them at a place with high visitor frequencies in their town halls and to leave the posters there to inform about radon also after November 7.
European Radon day is celebrated on 7th of November. Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Sciences (IETCC-CSIC), carries out investigations about the development of constructive measures and new techniques to reduce radon gas in dwellings. Further information can be found at http://www.ietcc.csic.es/index.php/en/general-information/20-actualidad/noticias/374-radonen2016
A video with the presentations of the special day celebrated in December can be found here (in Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4ZRUGJS63AiFvFkccts3q9xmNOio36H6
A press release has been published on the FANC website promoting the European radon day, the national radon actions www.actionradon.be (dwellings) and www.radonatwork.be (workplaces), and announcing the training course for building professionals:
7 november: Europese Radondag
07 november 2016 – In Europa is er een belangrijke gemeenschap van experts die werkzaam zijn op het gebied van radon. Zij zijn verzameld in de European Radon Association. Eén van de missies van deze organisatie is om de bevolking en de deskundigen in de bouwsector te sensibiliseren voor dit radioactieve gas.
Daarom wordt elk jaar een Europese Radondag georganiseerd op 7 november. Dat is de verjaardag van Marie Curie, de ontdekker van natuurlijke radioactiviteit van radium en radon. In alle Europese landen vinden er activiteiten plaats om oplossingen voor te stellen in de strijd tegen radon.
7 novembre : journée européenne du radon
07 novembre 2016 – En Europe, il existe une importante communauté de professionnels travaillant dans le domaine du radon. Ceux-ci se rassemblent au sein de l’Association Européenne du Radon. Une des missions de l’association est la sensibilisation du public et des professionnels de la construction à ce gaz radioactif.
À cette fin, une journée européenne du radon est organisée chaque année. Elle a lieu le 7 novembre, anniversaire de Marie Curie, découvreuse de la radioactivité naturelle du radium et du radon. Dans tous les pays d’Europe, des activités ont lieu pour présenter les solutions qui existent.
To highlight the European Radon Day a press release has been issued by the Austrian Agency for Health & Food Safety, AGES. See https://www.ages.at/service/service-presse/pressemeldungen/2-europaeischer-radontag/#
The press release stresses the health risk due to radon. Recent efforts in Austria to increase awareness and to promote training of building professionals are briefly described as well as projects to improve the Austrian radon risk map and to determine the exposure to radon by staff of show caves and visitor mines.
Several activities will be carried out in Norway at NRPA. There will be news on their website www.nrpa.no and the head of radon section, Anne Liv Rudjord, will be interviewed at the morning head news at The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.norway_europeisk-radondag_2016
Irish colleagues are running a radon awareness campaign in county Wicklow. This campaign is run the same week as the European Radon Day. You can find further information on the following links:
Press communication with the following poster:160920_volantino_a3_radon
ERD poster in multiple languageserd2016
The first European Radon Day, an initiative led by the European Radon Association (ERA) will occur on 7th November 2015.
The purpose of European Radon Day is to give a focal point for radon awareness activity for all European countries. And what better date than Marie Curie’s birthday, which also falls within global Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
ERA has designed a poster which can be downloaded and shared with friends, family and colleagues to spread the message about radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.
Please click below to download the poster in PDF format.
What’s Happening in Your Country?
The Austrian Agency for Health & Food Safety, AGES, have issued a press release announcing the first European Radon Day and encouraging citizens to carry out radon testing. You can read the press release here http://www.ages.at/en/service/services-press/press-releases/1-europaeischer-radontag/
A specific awareness campaign will be organised, focussing on radon in workplaces, for which a new online tool for measurement and declaration has been developed (www.radonatwork.be )
A special training course for building professionals will be announced on the occasion of the European radon day, focussing on radon and Indoor Air Quality.
Information about European Radon Day was included in a radon symposium in Munich organised by Behoerdenspiegel, a newspaper for German governmental institutions and communities. A summary of the event, including the German version of the ERA poster is available at http://www.behoerden-spiegel.de
EPA will be running a week-long awareness campaign in Co. Clare, beginning on 7th November. More details to at http://www.epa.ie/radiation/radon/awareness/awarenesscampaigns/clare/#.Vjec8PnhDWJ Coverage of European Radon Day has been secured in various media outlets, including NewsTalk radio.
On 6 Nov. 2015 Laboratory of Radiometric Expertise IFJ PAN organized the radon scientific-education session within European Radon Day.
It was held at the Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN in Krakow and was addressed to local authorities, local public, staff of kindergartens, students and press. This session was officially opened by Director of the Institute, Professor Marek Jeżabek. About 50 guests attended the session. The organizers gave interviews to local and national media.
We presented information about radon, about our project within Visergrad Funds “Indoor radon and health risk assessment for children and staff in kindergartens in V4 countries” (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland). Information about this project is avaible on our website http://radon.ifj.edu.pl
During the session we distributed European Radon Day poster and brochure about radon.
On 6th November Radosys Atlantic had the pleasure to receive a visit from the Europeane Commissioner of Research, Innovation and Science, Mr. Carlos Moedas.
The European Radon Day poster was displayed and while explaining him what radon is, reference was made to the poster, the reference to the poster, the event and ERA.
The poster was also displayed at least in 19 city halls from the Intermunicipal Comunity of the Region of Coimbra.
To coincide with European Radon Day, the XIII National Conference of Medical Physics will be held in Cluj-Napoca on 7th – 8th November 2015, dedicating the 7th of November in memory of Mary Salome Skłodowska-Curie and November 8 of Wilhelm Röntgen. The conference is organised by the Romanian College of Medical Physicists (CFMR) in cooperation with the University Babes-Bolyai of Cluj-Napoca, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi and Oradea University. Further details can be found at http://www.medicalphysics.ro/home/stiri/cluj2015
The Institute of of Construction Sciences Eduardo Torroja (IETCC) in Madrid have issued a press release regarding European Radon Day, which can be found at www.ietcc.csic.es
The Radon Group of University of Cantabria displayed the European Radon Day poster in their laboratory and also in the University’s faculty of medicine to raise awareness of radon.
UK Radon Awareness Week will run from 7th – 13th November 2015 and is being run by UK Radon Association in collaboration with Public Health England and BRE Academy. Visit www.radonweek.co.uk for information and to download resources. The campaign has been picked up by national media, including broadsheet newspaper The Guardian and broadcaster ITV.