Radon is a gas, which is derived from the breakdown of naturally occurring radioactive material in rocks and soils. To us humans it is difficult to detect because of its natural properties being colourless and odourless. When radon accumulates in enclosed spaces it may pose a threat to human health, however when it surfaces in the open air, it is quickly diluted to harmless concentrations.
Testing Radon levels requires special equipment, therefore if you are concerned about high levels of radon in your dwelling, testing kits are available from the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland. Test kits can be purchased on-line
or free phone 1800 300 600
- Radon and your health (PDF) - 653 kbs - Joint RPII and HSE information leaflet on the health effects of radon
- Radon in Drinking Water (PDF) - 216 kbs - This fact sheet will: answer questions on how radon gets into drinking water; the types of water supply at risk and what steps can be taken to reduce elevated radon levels.
- Radon in Homes (PDF) - 416 kbs
- Radon in Workplaces (PDF) - 390 kbs
- Understanding Radon Remediation (PDF) - 794 kbs