European Radon Day

2016

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.

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Satellite events European Radon Day 2016

Luxembourg

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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.

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Germany

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.

Spain

European Radon day is celebrated on 7th of November.  Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Sciences (IETCC-CSIC), member of European Radon Association (ERA), 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

Belgium

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.

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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.

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Austria

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.

Sweden

Press release: http://www.unt.se/asikt/debatt/tusentals-drabbas-av-lungcancer-i-onodan-4427388.aspx

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Norway

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.

https://radio.nrk.no/serie/nyhetsmorgen/NPUB50021516/07-11-2016#t=9m59s

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Ireland

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:

Switzerland

Press communication with the following poster:

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ERD poster in multiple languages

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Danish version

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Dutch version

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English version

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French version

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Gaelic version

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German version

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Italian version

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 Polish version

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Portuguese version

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Romanian version

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Russian version

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Spanish version

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Swedish version

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2015

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.

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What’s Happening in Your Country?

Austria

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/

Belgium

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.

Germany

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

Ireland

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.

Poland

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.

Portugal

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.

Romania

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

Spain

Unican European Radon DayThe 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

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.