Health: the hunt for a carcinogenic gas, radon, begins in companies

Health: the hunt for a carcinogenic gas, radon, begins in companies
Health: the hunt for a carcinogenic gas, radon, begins in companies

I know that the construction sector is interested in it because our volcanic soils represent a risk zone. But I never received any information or instructions on the subject for my own company, ” summarizes the HR manager of an Auvergne SME in the agrifood sector. “Lack of awareness can even affect those involved in prevention,” notes Romain Mouillseaux, expert assistance consultant at the National Research and Safety Institute for the Prevention of Accidents at Work and Occupational Diseases (INRS).

As Géraldine Ielsch, head of the radon study and expertise office at the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) notes, “there is still a lot of educational work to be done. “ This is to inform new business obligations in the matter.

Since July 2018, they must integrate the exposure of their employees to radon in their assessment of professional risks. Communication towards organizations aiming, at the same time, to recall the sometimes underestimated dangers of radon for health. This natural radioactive gas emitted by the soil is indeed classified, since 1987, as “certain carcinogen for the lung” by the International Center for Research on Cancer (IARC). “It is the cause of bronchopulmonary cancer and it is attributed to around 3,000 annual deaths” 

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