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

Coskeran, Thomas, Denman, Antony R., Phillips, Paul S. and Gillmore, Gavin K. (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 (print) 0265-931X

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Radon; Remediation; Cost-effectiveness; Health policy
Research Area: Earth systems and environmental sciences
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Geography, Geology and Environment > Centre for Earth and Environmental Science Research (CEESR)
Depositing User: Gavin Gillmore
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2008 17:22
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/1670

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