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Oregon Radon Program Gives Guidance on Public School Testing

by Margaret Henderson

“Testing for Elevated Radon in Oregon Schools” has been published on the Oregon Health Authority website. See
https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/RadonGas/Documents/ORv1FINAL-pubs_Testing%20for%20Elevated%20Radon%20in%20Oregon%20Schools%202016.pdf (June 2016)

This document provides Oregon school districts with a protocol to accurately test for elevated radon levels in school buildings, per Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 332.166-167, Tests of schools for elevated levels of radon; plan; results.

The statutes require school districts to develop a plan for testing and lists minimum provisions for the plan. The Oregon Health Authority was required to develop model plans. Other reporting requirements are also specified. As of December 2, 2016, the number of school districts having submitted plans in compliance with the law was 167. A listing of districts is posted on the website. The model plan, a detailed 60-page report, lists protocol objectives for testing accurately, understanding the law, interpreting test findings, using equipment, and understanding basics of mitigation, along with several other key issues.

A section of the Radon Program website is devoted to “Testing in Oregon Schools.”
https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/RadonGas/Pages/Testing-in-Schools-.aspx The website gives useful planning and testing publications and other references.

For more information about Oregon school testing, contact:

Oregon Radon Awareness Program
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 640
Portland, OR 97232-2162
Radon.program@state.or.us
Fax: 971-673-0979

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Oregon Health Authority Radon program is also in the process of developing an addition to this guideline in the form a Radon in Schools Risk Communication Toolkit, ideally to be available on the website by the beginning of this school year. Will keep you updated if you would be interested in featuring.

Thanks again!