Radon (Rn) is a gas that derives from the decay of radium (naturally occurring in the soil), which is itself the product of the decay of uranium. From the soil where it originated, radon can infiltrate buildings through cracks in the walls or floors, and via electrical utility and drinking water ducts. Once inside, it can spread to all floors and rooms of the building.
The regulation of the radon problem is governed primarily by the Radiological Protection Act (RPA) of 22 March 1991, and the Radiological Protection Ordinance (RPO) of 22 June 1994, which emphasize the importance of preventing ionizing radiation risks, radon concentration limits in work and residential buildings, and measurement methods.
For more information visit the radon information page of the Federal Office of Public Health website: FOPH – Radon.