EUROPEAN COUNCIL AND INTERNATIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS ON RADON EXPOSURE RISK CONTROL

Authors

  • Liuba Corețchi National Public Health Agency, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova
  • Ala Overcenco National Public Health Agency, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6970-9216

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4175168

Keywords:

radon exposure, radon risk communication, national policies

Abstract

Objectives. Review of international experience in creating and promoting programs for communicating the risk of radon exposure for public health in order to elaborate the appropriate approaches for our country in developing a program for communicating the risk of radon exposure.

Material and methods. The scientific and practical sources from the countries of the European Region, Canada and the United States of America were used, which cover their national programs and policies for communicating the risk of radon exposure, recommended for implementation by EURATOM Directive 2013/59. Methods used - descriptive, analytical, synthetic.

Results. The synthetic analysis of current sources summarizes the scientific evidence to substantiate political decisions and demonstrate the need for multilevel interventions. The key point of these policies is the need for a wider coverage of residents with information about the risk of radon exposure and how to reduce it. Efforts to improve public awareness have had some success in some countries, but it has also been found difficult to convince residents of the importance of radon control and forces them to take measures to mitigate the side effects.

Conclusion. Public health policy in the area of radon risk should take into account the responsibility of the government and residents in addressing this issue.

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2020-11-01

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