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AARST Announces Emerging Risk Reduction Sectors for the 25th InternationalRadon Symposium

AARST Announces Emerging Risk Reduction Sectors for the 25th InternationalRadon Symposium

The 25th International Radon Symposium, sponsored by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), will introduce pre-conference courses and an expanded practicum section at its Springfield, Illinois conference, September 22-25, 2013. The section will concentrate on the emerging risk reduction sectors of multifamily radon testing and mitigation, and radon new construction standards.

Radon,which is the second leading cause of lung cancer and can be deemed the seventh leading cause (after leukemia when separated from lung cancer) of all cancers, is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for over 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States.

The International Radon Symposium has for 25 years presented peer-reviewed radon research and science from around the world. According to AARST President Shawn Price, the Symposium will continue to support the presentation of such science and to publish the scientific proceedings on its web site.

However, Price said that the Symposium has been expanding the Symposium’s Track II practicum sections to include more workshops and presentations on safety and emerging risk reduction markets, as well as business and risk management courses.

“As radon risk reduction techniques evolve and policies expand, AARST seeks to expand the knowledge base to reach professionals doing field work,” Price said.

Continuing education courses planned for Sunday, September 22nd, will include Category 1 C.E. courses on Public Affairs and Radon Public Policy, as well as Multifamily Measurement and Multifamily Mitigation courses associated with new add-on certificates being issued by the National Radon Proficiency Program, AARST’s professional credentialing program.

Preliminary Track II workshops planned for Tuesday, Sept 24 and Wednesday, September 25th sessions include additional workshops on: Multifamily Radon Testing and Multi-Family Radon Mitigation, Radon Ready New Construction, Vapor Intrusion Mitigation, Accounting for Small Operations, Insurance and Risk Management and Safety Courses.

The addition of these courses and specialized areas of concentration are a result of recent national radon policies issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Effective June 4, 2013, HUD financed and refinanced multifamily housing properties will require radon testing and mitigation (if necessary.) These policies are described in HUD’s New Mortgage Letter.

AARST has developed three standards related to these sectors that are designed to reduce health risk and minimize liabilities to property owners, builders and financiers of multifamily properties. The three national radon standards available via the AARST Bookstore are:

1 ANSI/AARST CCAH-2013, Reducing Radon in New Construction of 1 & 2 Family Dwellings and Townhouses

2 ANSI/AARST RMS-MF (PS) 2013 ANSI-AARST Provisional Standard: Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings

3 ANSI/AARST MAMF 2012 ANSI-AARST Standard: Protocol for Conducting Radon and Radon Decay Product Measurements in Multifamily Buildings

AARST, is a nonprofit standards writing organization accredited by ANSI and is also professional organization of members who are dedicated to the highest standard of excellence and ethical performance of radon measurement, radon mitigation and transfer of radon information for the benefit of members, consumers and the public at large.