Indoor Radon, Legislative Decree 241/00 and case study of measures pursuant to L.R. Puglia n. 30/2016: first example of the transposition of the European Directive EURATOM 59/2013.

Authors

  • Giuseppe La Verde Dipartimento di Fisica “E. Pancini” Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli
  • Marco La Commara Dipartimento di Farmacia, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli
  • Adelaide Raulo Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), sezione di Napoli
  • Vittoria D’Avino Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), sezione di Napoli
  • Mariagabriella Pugliese Dipartimento di Fisica “E. Pancini” Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36125/ijoehy.v10i3.355

Keywords:

radon, indoor, lung cancer

Abstract

Radon is a natural radioactive gas that comes from the decay chain of uranium 238 and, for its gaseous nature, it tends to concentrate in confined environments, proving to be a danger to human health. The effects of radon have been described, documented and attested by the international scientific community and recognized as the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. At national level, worker exposure is regulated by Legislative Decree 241/00 which defines the criteria for management of the concentration of indoor radon gas activity in underground environments; meanwhile, at European level, the EURATOM directive 59/2013 was issued which redefines the concentration limits and the scope of application. In this work, in addition to an analysis of the regulatory framework, a case of measurement of concentration of radon gas activity pursuant to L.R. Puglia n.30 / 2016. Puglia represents the first example of transposition of the new directive.

The measurement methodologies indicated by current regulations and used in the industrial hygiene and radiation protection sector are also described. From the analysis of the results, the influence of ventilation in the rooms due to the accumulation of radon gas appeared evident

 

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Published

2019-12-30