Radon Testing in Schools


Why Test for Radon in Schools? 

A nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimates that nearly one in five has at least one schoolroom with a short-term radon level above the action level of 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) - the level at which EPA recommends that schools take action to reduce the level. EPA estimates that more than 70,000 schoolrooms in use today have high short-term radon levels.

The only way to determine if a problem exists is to test for it. 

School is not the only place that students and teachers can be exposed to radon. Since children spend more time at home, high radon levels there can pose a much greater threat to their health.

Once again, testing is simple and inexpensive. After all, radon is one health problem nobody should have to live with - at home or at school.

 

Does North Carolina require radon testing in schools or daycares? 

No.  North Carolina does not require radon testing or mitigation for any buildings.


EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools: Managing Radon in Schools  

The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Approach: Key Drivers and Strategies for Success.

•Published by the EPA in June 2010

•Available for download as a pdf here.

 

Measurement in Schools

EPA's Radon Measurement in Schools: Revised Edition

Radon Measurement in Schools: Revised Edition

School Measurement Workbook

•Original radon testing guidance for schools. Published by the EPA in July 1993.

•Download a pdf Measurement in Schools and Workbook

 

American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists Large Building Protocols 

Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Product In Schools and Large Buildings (MALB 2014). 

•The AARST MALB 2014 can only be accessed by purchasing the document. It is, however, the most current, up-to-date consensus-based standard for radon measurement in schools and large buildings. As such, it is well worth the purchase price.

•To purchase, follow the link above to the AARST online store.

 

Mitigation in Schools That Test High

American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists Large Building Protocols 

Radon Mitigation Standards for Schools and Large Buildings (RMS - LB 2014). 

•The AARST RMS-LB 2014 can only be accessed by purchasing the document. It is, however, the most current, up-to-date consensus-based standard for radon mitigation in schools and large buildings. As such, it is well worth the purchase price.

•To purchase, follow the link above to the AARST online store.

 

EPA Reducing Radon in Schools: A Team Approach 

EPA's Reducing Radon in Schools: A Team Approach (EPA 402-R-94-008, April 1994)

•Original radon mitigation guidance for schools. Published by the EPA in July 1994.







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