Coun­cil to test its build­ings

The Oban Times - - News -

COUN­CIL build­ings through­out Ar­gyll and Bute are be­ing tested for a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring gas - radon.

While the gas is of­ten present in the open air, suf­fi­ciently high lev­els would cause con­cern to the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

A spokes­woman for Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil said: ‘ Work to keep coun­cil premises safe for use will ex­tend this week to in­clude mea­sur­ing lev­els of radon in the air.

‘Radon is a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring gas of­ten present in the open air, build­ings and homes at con­cen­tra­tion lev­els that have no im­pact for peo­ple or air qual­ity. If lev­els are suf­fi­ciently high, ac­tion can be taken to re­duce radon con­cen­tra­tions.

‘Mon­i­tor­ing for radon lev­els hap­pens in build­ings across the coun­try. On the rare oc­ca­sions that ac­tion is re­quired, this will typ­i­cally in­volve mi­nor works to im­prove build­ing ven­ti­la­tion.

‘The coun­cil is putting de­tec­tors in build­ings that have a range of dif­fer­ent uses, from of­fices to schools and other premises.

‘These de­tec­tors will record radon lev­els over a pe­riod of three months, to see if ac­tion should be taken to im­prove air qual­ity.’

The spokes­woman added: ‘Test­ing is un­ob­tru­sive and will not dis­rupt teach­ing or busi­ness.

‘Radon lev­els are af­fected by dif­fer­ent el­e­ments such as weather or the type of rock in the earth. No ac­tion is re­quired by any­one us­ing the premises be­ing mon­i­tored.’

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