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Schools to be tested for presence of radon gas

Last set of tests took place in 1989

Manx schools are to be tested for the presence of radon gas during the summer term.

The process will bring the Isle of Man into line with other parts of the British Isles.

Radon testing in Island schools last took place in 1989, when no problems were found.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, found in various quantities in all buildings. 

Exposure to high levels of radon over a long period of time can lead to health issues. There's compelling evidence that it can increase the risk of lung cancer.

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture has a legal obligation to take a series of actions to limit people's exposure to radon due to recently updated health and safety legislation.

The testing will take place over a period of three months. Coaster sized plastic detectors will be placed in ground floor rooms and basements, after which the data will be analysed.

If an issue is found it could necessitate small scale remedial work.

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