Radiation and radioactivity is encountered every day, mostly from natural sources and is harmless.
Sources of man-made radioactivity are heavily controlled by law. Humans generate useful types of radiation including x-rays, radio, radar and microwaves.
West Cumbria houses a nuclear site, reprocessing facility and a potential new-nuclear power station.
Nuclear regulation and monitoring
We and other agencies monitor environmental levels of radiation through the sampling of air, drinking water, foods, and upon beaches. Businesses and organisations wishing to use radioactive materials must be licensed and these are enforced by the Environment Agency.
Allerdale Borough Council is part of RIMNET, a network that advises the Government and local authorities on actions following a radiation incident. More information can be found on the Gov.UK website.
Mobile phone signals
Mobile phone companies must submit a certificate with each application for a mobile phone mast to prove that the levels are not exceeded. School grounds concerned about radiation can request measurements from Ofcom.