November 22, 2017

The scientists of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics (IGG) of ANAS held educational meetings in different regions of the country aimed to inform about radon hazards and methods of controlling.

The presentation of scientific brochure "Radon and human health" was made at the meetings organized by the Republican Hygiene and Epidemiology Center (RHEC) in Shamakhi, Ismailly, Lerik and Masally regions, as well as at the Lyankaran Regional Scientific Center of ANAS.

Head of the Department of geochemistry and fluid dynamics of sedimentary basins of the IGG, correspondent member of ANAS, academician Akber Feyzullayev and Head of the Department of radiometry of the geological environment, corresponding member of ANAS, Pr. Chingiz Aliyev made speeches.

The scientists noted that the increase of permissible norms of radon gas in nature leads to lung cancer. Since 2010, joint researches with foreign scientists were conducted on radon distribution in the territory of Azerbaijan. As a result a “Map of the distribution of radon volume activity in the territory of Azerbaijan” was compiled with the financial support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Some of mountainous regions of Azerbaijan turn out to have high concentration of radon. Within the framework of the “Radon Safety Research Program and measures aimed at radiation decrease in the Azerbaijan Republic for 2014-2018”, people will be informed about the ways to combat this natural gas.

The detailed information about natural radiation and its sources, radon hazard to human health and methods of hazard reduction are given in “Radon and human health”. The brochure was prepared as a result of joint research by A. Feyzullayev, Ch. Aliyev and young scientists Farah Makhmudova and Rauf Baghirli.

The brochure can be useful for construction companies, specialists concerned in reduction of radiation contamination level, as well as for people living in places with elevated radon levels.

Department of Public Relations
Institute of Geology and Geophysics of ANAS