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El Hierro strikes up another first with radon gas study 

PAGE 13 EL HIERRO STRIKES

El Hierro has become the first island in the world to measure radon gas in its buildings and public infrastructures.

A research study of the University of La Laguna, pioneer worldwide, deter-mines that the buildings and public infrastructures of the island are well below the concentrations of radon gas allowed by the European Directive Directive 2013/59 / EURATOM , so the valuation is positive.

Details were released in a press conference attended by the first vice president of the Cabildo, Juan Pedro Sánchez, the project coordinator, Juan Carlos Santamarta, and the director of Human Resources of the Herrera Institution, Juan Francisco Pérez

Sr. Sanchez said he was pleased with the excellent results of the study for the public administrations of El Hierro, which frees them from the thresholds considered harmful by the presence of this gas.

“We must also congratulate ourselves that this study of the island’s tourist centres, such as the Pozo de la Salud Hotel-Spa or the Ecomuseum of Guinea in the El Golfo Valley, with a volcanic cave of great geological interest visitable, have also been free of the harmful effects of this gas, “said the first vice president of the institution.

Juan Pedro Sánchez congratulated the research team of the University of La Laguna for the work carried out, being pioneers at the island level throughout the world, as well as the facilities and coordination developed from the Human Resources area of the El Hierro Cabildo.

Radon is a radioactive gas of natural origin that can be concentrated inside homes and infrastructure when certain conditions are met. This gas comes from the decay chain of uranium-238 and is the largest source of natural exposure to radiation of people (50% of the total).

Radon does not usually present high levels in the open air and exposure to high concentrations of radon occurs, mainly, by inhalation in poorly ventilated rooms in which it can be accumulated.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers radon the second cause of lung cancer, only behind tobacco. Therefore, the WHO warns of the importance of determining if our workplace is exposed to radon concentrations that exceed the limits recommended by public health agencies.