Abstract of Meeting Paper

Society for Risk Analysis-Europe 1997 Annual Meeting

Policy Alternatives in Radon Risk Management . Ph. Hubert and M. H. Massuelle, Institut de Protection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, Département de Protection de la santé de l’Homme et de Dosimétrie Service d’Evaluation et de Gestion des Risques IPSN, B.P. nº 6, F – 92265 Fontenay-aux-Roses Cedex, France

Despite the Recommendation by the European Union, the radon policies of the various European countries are very heterogeneous. Quite active policies can be seen in some countries as opposed to wait and see strategies adopted by others. A study was conducted in order to identify and understand the various existing policy options, with a view to informing the development of new national policies e.g. en France.

Significant differences are observed across policies in the segregation made between occupational and domestic exposures, principal goals (eliminating high individual risks, reducing collective risk), enforcement, levels and significance of “action levels”, training and qualification for measurements, targets for communication, definition of “radon prone” areas.

The study illustrated that there are identifiable rationales underlying such differences.

The stringency of regulations may be rooted in the legal traditions. More concrete alternatives depend upon the general organization of prevention, structural links among environmental administrators or executives, occupational questions, housing, radiation protection.

This thematic analysis serves policy decision-making first by identifying policy dimensions, implications and alternatives.

It also illustrates the need to build in latitude for national situations when implementing or developing or international recommendations.

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