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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
phillip.gibson@dhhs.nc.gov
5505 Creedmoor Rd, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612
1645 MSC, Raleigh NC 27699-1645