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Kansas Provides Resources for Radon Contractors

by Margaret Henderson

The Kansas Department of Heath and Environment (KDHE) provides information and resources for contractors who, by law, must have a current certificate to perform radon testing or mitigation work and must be aware of and/or abide by various specifications. Topics of these specifications include:
• Certification
• Real Estate
• Standards and Protocols
• Building Codes
• Training and Examinations

Certification
The Radon Program provides links to the Kansas laws that require certification of persons. Application forms and fee schedules are also provided. All are available on the website http://www.kdheks.gov/radiation/radon_laws.htm

Real Estate
Kansas law also addresses requirements in real estate transactions. Information about radon and a recommendation to test for radon must be provided to all home buyers on their residential real estate contract.

Standards/Protocols
Kansas Measurement Standards/Protocols and Kansas Mitigation Standards/Protocols are provided and reference the USEPA documents:

  • EPA 402-R-93-003 “Protocols for Radon and Radon Decay Product Measurements in Homes”
  • EPA 402-R-92-004 “Indoor Radon and Radon Decay Product Measurement Device Protocols”
  • EPA 402-R-93-078 “Radon Mitigation Standards”

Building Codes
The Radon Program recommends adoption of Appendix F “Radon Control Methods” to the International Residential Code. Three Kansas cities, Topeka, Manhattan and Lawrence, have adopted codes that require new homes to be constructed with radon-resistant techniques.

Radon Training Courses
Training courses on measurement (minimum of 16 classroom hours) and mitigation (minimum 24 hours including active participation) will be approved by the KDHE, if approved by the national Radon Safety Board and/or the National Radon Proficiency Program. Case-by-case approvals may be made in other classes. Lists of approved training courses are provided. http://www.kansasradonprogram.org/courses

KDHE also provides links to helpful documents:

  • List of Kansas Certified Radon Laboratories
  • List of Kansas Certified Measurement and Mitigation Technicians

For more information on certification and contractor resources, contact:
KDHE – Kansas Radon Program
Telephone 785-296-1560
E-mail: Kdhe.radon@ks.gov