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North Carolina Radon Educational Program Accomplishments 2018

Contributed by Phillip Ray Gibson

2018 was a big year for radon education in North Carolina. Partnerships made all of these things happen and I am fortunate to have been involved in empowering our state with information on how to reduce lung cancer from radon exposure.

* In 2017 the NC Real Estate Commission made the level of 4 pCi/L of radon in air a material fact. This means that if the average level is 4 or more, then the licensed NC real estate brokers must share that fact with all parties. This began being implemented beginning in mid 2017.

* And while the NC Real Estate Commission began requiring their licensed brokers to attend training in July 2017, the education completion of this training did not happen until mid-2018. Thus, in 2018 approximately 100,000 NC real estate brokers completed their required training on the topics of the source of radon, how to test for radon and how to mitigate a home with elevated levels.

* After months of preparation, I was able, in January 2019, to release an online training program targeting all ~19,000 employees of the NC Department of Health and Human Services on the subject of radon testing and mitigation. This may result in a broader reach of education as many NC DHHS employees provide direct health care education to thousands of North Carolinians.

* The Carolina Multiple Listing Service accepted my recommendation to have radon mitigation systems included in the list of equipment a NC Real Estate Broker can include in the listing of a home. This is absolutely huge! This means that a buyer will now be able to know via websites like REALTOR.com if the home has a radon mitigation system along with the list of other equipment such as an oven or refrigerator.

* And lastly, I also had the honor of being the first webinar for International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) education on radon. I presented our NC Real Estate Broker program to over 200 people from 42 countries!

For more information, contact:

Phillip Ray Gibson
NC Radon Program Coordinator
Division of Health Service Regulation, Radiation Protection Section
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
828 712 0972 mobile
5505 Creedmoor Rd, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612
1645 MSC, Raleigh NC 27699-1645