A critical comparison of the cost-effectiveness of domestic radon remediation programmes in three counties of England

Coskeran, T, Denman, A.R, Phillips, P.S and Gillmore, G (2002) 'A critical comparison of the cost-effectiveness of domestic radon remediation programmes in three counties of England.' Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 62 (2). pp. 129-144. ISSN 0265-931X

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0265-931X(01)00156-4

Abstract

Radon remediation programmes in domestic dwellings were carried out in five areas, from three counties of England, and the total costs obtained. A single company, which abided by the Code of Practice of the Radon Council of Great Britain, carried out the remediation. The dose savings from the programmes were calculated and used to estimate the number of lung cancers averted. The data obtained allowed the cost-effectiveness of the remediation programmes in each area to be calculated. The remediation programmes in three areas (Northants 2, 3 and North Oxfordshire) were cost-effective whereas those in two areas (Northants 1 and North Somerset) were not. To be cost-effective, the Northants 1 and North Somerset areas would need to increase the number of householders that carried out remediation, if they were over the UK Action Level. Health policy makers should concentrate their resources on communities in areas where there is a significant proportion of dwellings above the UK Action Level and where the number of properties being remediated is low.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: radon, remediation, cost-effectiveness, health policy
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0265-931X(01)00156-4
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2021 21:20
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:56
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