School Radon Training & Support System
Did you know that school radon testing is currently required for Iowa’s Voluntary Preschool Programs for Four-Year-Old Children? Because radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer, the Iowa Legislature may soon require all schools to be tested for radon and have a radon plan on file.
Gain peace of mind by staying out in front of radon testing requirements with Energy Association of Iowa Schools (EAIS) and the School Radon Training & Support System© (SRTSS). Kickoff Workshops and testing support for the 2016-2017 school year are complete, but schools will have another opportunity to participate next fall.
Schools learning to test for radon themselves saves taxpayer dollars, plus budget savings are gained from discounted radon test kits for program participants. SRTSS costs are based upon school district enrollment size, and include discounts for previous participants and EAIS members.
During the 2016-17 school year, matching grants and mitigation assistance funds were available for Iowa schools, thanks to the Iowa Cancer Consortium and the Iowa Department of Public Health. These funds have the potential to renew for several more years…stay tuned!
For more information, contact EAIS here.
The Iowa School Radon Training and Support System© is a hybrid created specifically for schools to use as a guide, based upon information from:
1) United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Radon Measurement in Schools: Revised Edition (1993); 2) Iowa Department of Public Health Radon Testing Protocols for Iowa Child Care Centers (2014); 3) EPA Managing Radon in Schools (2010); 4) ANSI-AARST MALB 2014 Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Products In Schools and Large Buildings, and 5) School Radon Training & Support System experience and school district participant input.
SRTSS collaborators include: Dr. Bill Field, University of Iowa College of Public Health, Gail Orcutt, radon-induced lung cancer survivor; Healthy Homes Radon Education and Consulting; Iowa Cancer Consortium; and the Iowa Department of Public Health.