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4 New American National Radon Standards Released By AARST

4 New American National Radon Standards Released By AARST

The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), has released four American National Standards for radon measurement and mitigation that will greatly enhance radon risk reduction in the United States. These new standards will be available for shipping on February 1, 2014 at www.aarst.org/bookstore.shtml

The new ANSI-approved standards were developed by the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards, and include advances in consensus standards for mitigating radon in multi-family housing, and in large buildings and schools, as well as standards for measuring radon in single family homes and in large buildings and schools.

Gary Hodgden, Chair of the AARST National Radon Standards Consortium Executive Stakeholders Committee, announced that the four standards approved through the ANSI accredited process include:

Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings (RMS-MF 2014)

Washington: Radon – Stopping the Silent Killer

There may be a silent killer lurking in your home.

The killer is the colorless, tasteless and odorless gas, radon, which causes an estimated 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year. Radon is emitted from the ground and enters a home through cracks in walls, basements, floors and other openings. Only smoking causes more lung cancer. That invisible threat is why the American Lung Association applauded the recent announcement by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it is taking steps to protect families from exposure to this dangerous culprit.

HUD will begin to require testing for this radioactive, natural gas in any multi-family house that has been financed or refinanced by the HUD. If tests indicate that unsafe levels of radon exist, the building will be repaired to reduce the radon to safer levels.

Public Review of AARST’s Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings Open Until March 18, 2013

The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards notes that public review for a new American National Standard, BSR/AARST RMS-MF-201x, Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings, is open and the organization is seeking comments by March 18, 2013 on this new standard, which can be ordered for review purposes at standards@aarst.org.

In order to meet a pressing need for mitigating multifamily buildings, the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists recently released a provisional standard that is identical to the document currently being noticed.

Gary Hodgden, Chair of the Consortium’s Executive Stakeholders Committee, said the proposed radon standard is undergoing an consensus development process following AARST's accredited procedures and is working towards publication within two years as an American National Standard (ANS.)