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Virginia Department of Health Provides Radon Training for Realtors

by Margaret Henderson

In Virginia, there are 46 high risk, 24 moderate risk and 26 low risk counties for radon exposure. Categories are based on the USEPA Zones:

* Zone 1: Counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L

* Zone 2: Counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels from 2 to 4 pCi/L

* Zone 3: Counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels less than 2 pCi/L

The USEPA recommended action level is 4 pCi/L and all counties in Virginia are anticipated to have some radon present.

In order to inform realtors about what they need to know about radon in home sales, the Department has provided on on-line slide presentation (35 slides), Radon for Realtors, to accompany a training course. The course content, in both its one or two-hour versions, has been approved for continuing education credits by the Virginia Association of Realtors. The Virginia Department of Health’s Radon Coordinator or other trained staff teach the courses and at no charge.

Designed for the realtor, the course informs the participant what a realtor needs to know about radon in real estate transactions, what radon is, its health risk, how to test, what mitigations may be performed and applicable Virginia laws.

For more information about radon in Virginia or the course for realtors, contact:

Ryan Paris Radiation Safety Specialist & Radon Coordinator Virginia Dept. of Health – Office of Radiological Health 804-864-8161

To see the slides, visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/7/2017/12/Radon-in-VA-Real-Estate-Transactions-2-HR-rev-SEP-2017-w-VDH-logo.pdf