What is radon?

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Radon is an invisible, odourless, tasteless gas. When radium disintegrates, radon forms. Radon gets into buildings from building materials, groundwater and the ground. Without proper treatment, harmful levels can accumulate in confined spaces such as basements or crawl spaces without the building occupants being aware of any danger.  Because radon cannot be detected by sight, smell or taste, buildings must be tested to determine if radon mitigation is required.

According to Health Canada, exposure to radon increases your risk of lung cancer. While there is no legal requirement in Canada to test for radon, more and more employers are testing their workspaces nonetheless. It is an employer’s duty under the Occupational Health and Safety act to protect workers from harmful exposure at work.

While there are commercially available test kits, having a building tested for radon by a professional is always the better option. Radon testing is complicated and a professional can ensure that the testing is accurate and provide suitable recommendations.

At ECOH, our team of consultants are well-versed in assessing commercial buildings for indoor air quality (IAQ), including determining levels of radon, how to improve air quality and preventing future radon problems from occurring.

 Craig Maunder, M.Sc., CIH

Craig Maunder, M.Sc., CIH

This year, ECOH’s Craig Maunder will be at the 2018 American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference and Expo (www.AIHce2018.org) on May 21 presenting two case studies on IAQ and radon mitigation. Craig is both a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Radon Measurement and Mitigation Professional, with many years of experience. Craig knows what he’s talking about when it comes to radon and IAQ.

Everyone on ECOH’s team of expert consultants can provide customized solutions to your health, safety and environmental challenges. The “ECOH Way” emphasizes pragmatic solutions to each situation. You can learn more about the services ECOH offers at www.ecoh.ca.

More information about radon is available online at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website: https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/phys_agents/radon.html.