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Vermont Data Lead to Study of Parents’ Radon Awareness

“Radon From the Ground into Our Schools: Parent and Guardian Awareness of Radon,” published March 2020, analyzes 126 survey responses received and analyzed from parents of K-12 children in Vermont. (Responses from 25 school districts throughout Vermont, one from the state of New York, and three from undisclosed locations were included in the study.)

Results showed:

· 51% of parents believed that radon affects the lungs

· 39% identified it as a carcinogen

· 91% believed their children’s schools should act to address elevated radon levels

· 87% supported mandated mitigation

Authors acknowledge limitations, including disproportionate representation from the area near Burlington, Vermont, where responses were predominant.

To see the study details and findings, see https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2158244020914545

Kansas Offers Discounts on Online Radon Training in July

The Midwest Universities Radon Consortium – Kansas State University Training is offering wide radon training opportunities at discounted prices during July 2020.

As many radon professionals are working from home during the pandemic, online training has become a popular and effective way to continue working and being educated on the topic of radon. Kansas State University is providing training through webinars, correspondence and web-based courses. Discounts are offered during July 2020 for a variety of radon training courses. See https://www.radoncourses.com/online/ce#webinar

Topics include:

· Worker Safety

· Radon Measurements

· Measurement Refresher Course

· Radon Basics for the Home Inspector

· Radon Measurement Device Refresher

· Radon in Water Refresher

· Radon Physics Refresher

· Radon for the Real Estate Industry

· Radon Business Development & Marketing

Georgia Radon Outreach Reported for January – March 2020

Program contacts and media impressions were reported for the period January – March 2020 by the Georgia Radon Education Program.

Highlights

The Program had 13 programs/meetings with 804 participants.

Contacts during that period included a combined total of 175 including contacts with home builders and realtors, medical professionals, and consumers.

A total of 429 test kit results were received, with 29.9% reporting greater than 4 pCi/L, the recommended action level.

There were 54 mitigation referrals made.

Media activity included:

· 2569 web hits.

· Newspaper circulation to 533,398 readers.

· Radio contacts to 4500 listeners.

For more information, contact:

Derek Cooper, Extension Educator

Telephone: 706-583-0602

dmc20@uga.edu

Source: Radon in Georgia, Georgia Radon Education Program, Newsletter and Outreach Report, January – March 2020

Georgia Radon Program Provided Training for the Medical Community


Radon in Georgia, Georgia Radon Education Program, Newsletter and Outreach Report, January – March 2020
features programs about partnerships with the medical community in Georgia.

The University of Georgia Atlanta is funded by the USEPA and performs education and outreach in a variety of ways. One method involves interaction with medical partners. A primary care physician in Georgia purchased radon kits and distributed them to patients. To support this effort, the program provided training to the doctor’s patients and medical staff through a class with the goal of encouraging testing.

Another opportunity the program used was partnering with the medical community by hosting a booth at the Georgia Lung Force Expo. At this event the program reached more than 40 medical professionals, teaching them about radon risk and testing. The event was for medical personnel who were conferencing about pulmonary healthcare in Georgia.

For more information, contact:

CRCPD Mini-grants Available - Deadline August 21, 2020

Hello, fellow radon programs and partners-

On behalf of CRCPD E-25, I am happy to announce the availability of CRCPD mini-grants. These mini-grants are NOT for state or tribal radon programs receiving State Indoor Radon Grant funds from the EPA, rather they are for partner organizations with innovative projects addressing radon risk reduction. Information and application are attached, as well as available on the CRCPD website at https://www.crcpd.org/page/Radon The application deadline is August 21, 2020. Feel free to share this with potentially interested parties.

West Virginia Extends WV Radiation, Toxics and Indoor Air Licensing Temporarily Extended Radon Licenses

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Radiation, Toxics, and Indoor Air Division is providing a grace period covering from March 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020 to licensees in the Asbestos, Lead, Clandestine Drug Laboratories, and Radon programs whose license may be expiring or up for renewal during this time and cannot obtain the necessary training for license renewal.

This means any existing license or certification which has or will expire between March 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020, will be automatically extended until July 31, 2020, with the purpose being to allow for the training required for the training certificate be obtained.

This extension only applies to those currently licensed who are renewing their license. RTIA will reevaluate the grace period as time passes and this policy may be amended if the COVID-19 Pandemic continues.

August Webinars on Radon

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August Measurement & Mitigation Webinars
For Certification Prep and CE

Radon Measurement
August 11-12, 2020
8:30am - 5:30pm ET

16-Hour Live Webinar
Prepares you for and is a prerequisite to the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) and National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) radon measurement certification exams. Approved in all states, including Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, and Florida. Course materials provided electronically.
Discounted Course Fee: $164
excludes exam fees
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Radon Mitigation
August 13-14, 2020*
8:30am - 5:30pm ET

*24 Hours - 16-Hour Live Webinar + 1 Day Field Training

JULY 23: free webinar on COVID-19 safety guidance training for radon business services

Recommended Practical COVID-19 Protocol Guidance for Radon Business Services
July 23, 2020 at 2 Convenient Times

Join Us for this Free Live Webinar.

THIS IS THE COURSE YOU ASKED FOR.
Reviewed by Medical and Worker Safety Experts.

Presented twice for your convenience on Thursday, July 23rd,
at 10:00am - 12:00pm ET and at 4:00pm - 6:00pm ET

This free 2-hour webinar, developed and presented by Spruce Training Consultant
Nathaniel Burden, picks up where our PPE for Radon Mitigators course leaves off,
focusing specifically on COVID-19 best practices and recommended supplies
for radon testing and mitigation businesses.

The end goal: Operate your radon business successfully while protecting yourself, your employees, and your clients...and saving lives from radon-induced lung cancer.

REGISTER EARLY. SPACE FOR EACH SESSION IS LIMITED TO 90 REGISTRANTS.

FY21 Appropriations News Relevant to Radon

Contributed by Jane Malone

The House Appropriations Subcommittees’ bills and reports for EPA and HUD have been approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

The Interior-Environment bill provides level funding for State Indoor Radon Grants and EPA’s Indoor Air and Radiation programs and the accompanying report repeats the same language as previous (see below).

The Transportation-HUD bill contains $5 million for a new radon demonstration program for public housing. Radon is listed among the health and safety hazards to be addressed by $2.75 billion in competitive capital funds for public housing and $250M in capital improvement grants for assisted housing.

The Radon Alabama Program Office Has Moved

The Radon Alabama Program Office Has Moved

The Office of Radiation Control, including the Radon Program has moved. As of June 26, 2020, the physical location is 208 Legends Court, Office 144, Prattville, Alabama 36066. The main office phone number is 334-290-6244. On July 10, 2020, the fax number will be 334-285-9342.

The Agency's post office box mailing address has not changed. It remains: Alabama Office of Radiation Control The RSA Tower P.O. Box 303017 Montgomery, AL 36130-3017.