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Ohio Guide Addresses Radon in Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has published “Radon,” a guide about radon, health effects, testing and mitigation with information unique to Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3723 and Ohio Administrative Code, Chapter 3701-69. (The guide cautions that for this reason, it should not be used as a reference in any other state.) The purpose of the guide is to provide information about radon and radon testing as a part of real estate transactions.

Indoor radon levels have been found in Ohio homes located in every county; annually, of all the homes tested in Ohio, 50% have elevated levels (exceeding the 4 pCi/L levels the USEPA recommends as an action level.) The guide includes a “Selling Your Home & Radon ” seller’s checklist as well as a buyer’s checklist.

Information is given on selecting a licensed radon contractor. The Ohio Department of Health operates a licensing program for persons and companies that perform radon testing and mitigation. The department regulates contractors that install radon mitigation systems, mitigation specialists who design and supervise the installation of mitigation systems, radon testers, radon laboratories and the companies that provide required radon training. Proper testing and interpretation of results are discussed in the guide. Information is given on radon resistant new construction.

For more information, contact:

Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection

Ohio Department of Health

35 E. Chestnut Street

Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: 800-526-4439


Ohio Radon Information Systems: http://aprg.utoledo.edu/radon

To download the guide, visit: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/radon-education-and-licensing-program/about-radon/

NOTE: The ODH Radon Education and Licensing Program is federally funded, and works in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and a network of local health departments across Ohio.