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      An overview of Ireland's National Radon Policy.

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      Radiation protection dosimetry

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          In Ireland radon is a significant public health issue and is linked to 150-200 lung cancer deaths each year. Irish National Radon Policy aims to reduce individual risk by identifying and remediating buildings with high radon concentrations and also to reduce collective dose through radon prevention as required by revised building regulations. Achievements to date are significant and include the completion of the National Radon Survey, the testing of every school in Ireland, the on-going testing of social housing, collaboration between the public health and radiation protection authorities and the inclusion of radon in inspections of workplaces. However, this work now needs to be drawn together centrally to comprehensively address the radon problem. The RPII and the relevant central governing department, the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government are currently working to constitute a group of key experts from relevant public authorities to drive the development of a National Radon Control Strategy.

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          Journal
          Radiat Prot Dosimetry
          Radiation protection dosimetry
          1742-3406
          0144-8420
          May 2011
          : 145
          : 2-3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland, 3 Clonskeagh Square, Dublin 14, Ireland. slong@rpii.ie
          Article
          ncr045
          10.1093/rpd/ncr045
          21459876

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