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The health benefits and cost effectiveness of the radon mitigation programme in NHS properties in Northamptonshire

Denman, A. R., Barker, S. P., Parkinson, S. and Phillips, P. S. (1997) The health benefits and cost effectiveness of the radon mitigation programme in NHS properties in Northamptonshire. Journal of Radiological Protection. 17(4), pp. 253-259. 0952-4746.

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Abstract: A comprehensive radon remediation programme in NHS properties in Northamptonshire, where 11,100 staff are employed working on 83 separate sites, has been in progress since 1992, and has resulted in many locations with raised radon levels being identified and remediated. This paper considers the dose saving achieved and costs of the remediation to derive a value for the cost-effectiveness of the programme. A value of £184,000 per Man-Sievert of annual dose reduction was obtained, which is around half the figure calculated by the NRPB in its recent initiative to reduce patient doses from dental x-rays in the UK, based on cost-benefit analysis. Thus similar comprehensive radon remediation programmes in any workplace in Radon Affected Areas can be justified. The cost of this workplace programme is, however, a factor of about 4 times more expensive than the theoretical estimates for domestic radon mitigation programmes found in the literature, and the reasons for this difference are considered.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1247.R33 Toxicology. Radon
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD885.5 Radon pollution
Creators: Denman, Anthony R, Barker, S P, Parkinson, S and Phillips, Paul S
Publisher: Institute of Physics
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Environment
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for Research into Sustainable Wastes Management
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Science and Technology (2010-2016)
Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Environmental Science
Research Centres > Environment Research Group
Date: December 1997
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 253-259
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Radiological Protection
Volume: 17
Number: 4
Language: English
ISSN: 0952-4746
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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