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New WHO Handbook on Indoor Radon

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a new Handbook on Indoor Radon.

Reuters Health has published an article on the new Handbook and we have the Handbook available for download on RadonLeaders.org.

Reuters Article
Download the WHO Handbook

New Role for Kansas State University: National Radon Program Services

Dear Radon Leaders,

I wanted to follow up on Bill's blog post about the upcoming grant transition with a message of my own.

Kansas State University (KSU), as a partner in the Midwest Universities Radon Consortium, is pleased to assume national radon services and projects formerly provided by the National Safety Council (NSC) for the US EPA. Our new responsibilities will include the National Radon Poster Contest, National Radon Hotlines, Referrals to State Radon Programs, Radon Test Kit Coupons, Radon Mitigation Promotion, and other outreach activities. KSU will partner with NSC during the 2010 National Radon Poster Contest to accomplish a smooth transition in activities and events. We also will work with NSC and EPA on other aspects of the transition. In addition to updating our Web sites and publications, several changes in programs and services are being implemented, including:

EPA Announcement: Grant Transfer from NSC to KSU

Dear all,

Living Radon Reference Manual

Dear Colleagues:

We are posting a link for you to access our Radon Reference Manual (RRM). This is our initial effort at this manual an we are looking for your input. As your time permits please review the RRM and provide us any corrections or additions. For additions we are looking for topics that have not yet been covered, such as radon in building materials, thoron, pertinent web sites, etc. You may post your comments/additions to this site or directly to one of the authors at rolewis@state.pa.us.

The RRM can be found at http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Radon_Division/LivingRadonReferenceManual.htm

Thank you very much.

Paul Houle and Bob Lewis

WHO Handbook on Indoor Radon: A Public Health Perspective

The formal release of the WHO Handbook on Indoor Radon: A Public Health Perspective will occur on Monday via a press release from the World Health Organization as well as from other agencies and stakeholders. Hopefully, the release will stimulate a renewed AND SUSTAINED interest in radon worldwide. The handbook should be available on Sept 21 as a free download from the WHO - International Radon Project Website. http://www.who.int/ionizing_radiation/env/radon/en/index1.html As noted by the WHO, “The overall goal of this handbook is to provide an up-to-date overview of the major aspects of radon and health. It does not aim to replace existing radiation protection standards, rather it emphasizes issues relevant to the comprehensive planning, implementation and evaluation of national radon programmes.”

Continuing Education Workshops for Radon Specialists - Nashville, TN

I wanted to make everyone aware of a number of radon training courses that will be held in Nashville, TN in late October and early November, 2009. Please review the attached PDF below for complete details.

Please note that you must be logged in to RadonLeaders.org to access the current draft document. If you cannot see the attachment below you are not logged in to RadonLeaders.org. Please log-in at the top of the page. If you do not already have an account, register now.

National Radon Training meeting approved for up to 12 Continuing Education Credits by AAHP

The National Radon Training Conference later this month in St Louis, has been granted 2 CEC per half day to a maximum of 12 for the entire meeting and been assigned ID number 2009-09-001.

See AAHP website for additional details.

RRNC Online Training Video

My name is Robert Stephenson, and I work for the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Southface promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy, and technical assistance, and we are a subcontractor under the Georgia SIRG grant.

Most of our work lies in educating builders and others in the construction industry about RRNC through our green building trainings and programs. I developed the following video based on a short training that I have done with builders and architects, and I was hoping to get some feedback from the Radon Leaders community.

If you have any comments on the content or succesful methods you have had reaching the building community please let me know. It would be much appreciated.

Free Indoor Air Quality Training in Lexington, MA

Free Indoor Air Quality Training
Presented by Eric Werling, U.S. EPA’s Indoor AirPLUS
Opening by Michelle Roberts, EcoHealth Homes

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Road
(At the intersection of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue)
Lexington, MA 02421

Eric Werling, U.S. EPA's Indoor airPLUS Program Coordinator, will discuss key points about indoor air quality (IAQ) and present highlights of the EPA's new IAQ label for new homes. Why is IAQ important to address in new homes - not just for home buyers, but for builders' bottom line, too?

He'll briefly introduce IAQ principles, highlight how Indoor airPLUS makes IAQ simple and affordable, and show how Indoor airPLUS was designed to fit seamlessly into the ENERGY STAR for Homes process.

RSVPs Required: massenergystarhomes@icfi.com or call 800.628.8413
*Web conferencing available. Contact the Program for access.

Need Radon Testing or RRNC Standards from Enlightened Countries

The American Industrial Hygiene Association recently established a Green Building Work Group, discussing indoor environmental quality in "green" buildings. We have concerns that new, highly insulated buildings may not have adequate ventilation. I have personally measured elevated formaldehyde in a number of new "green" homes. I suspect radon may be concentrated as well.

We are currently collecting regulations and recommendations from both the US and abroad. The information will be used to develop an AIHA white paper on indoor environmental quality in green buildings.

Please send me any relevant documents that might be appropriate to incorporate into our white paper.

Thank you,
Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH
Industrial Hygiene Services