Radon

School Radon Training & Support System
The 2021-22 SRTSS workshop is virtual

WHY TEST FOR RADON?

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. So far, 36% of Iowa school buildings have initially tested at or above the Environmental Protection Agency’s radon action level. In Iowa radon testing is currently required for Preschool Programs licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Why not make sure ALL of your students, staff and community members are safe?  

EAIS provides support that saves lives with the School Radon Training & Support System (SRTSS). Participant school districts save taxpayer dollars by receiving the training and support they need to test their school buildings for radon themselves. This process begins by registering for a School Radon Kickoff Workshop.

Dates and times for 2021-22 School Radon Kickoff Workshops

  • Repeat schools: Monday, November 22 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Via Zoom. Link will be sent after registration.
  • New schools and repeat schools with NEW STAFF: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 1 – 3:00 p.m. Via Zoom. Link will be sent after registration.

All participating School Radon Teams are required to hop online for this convenient virtual Kickoff Workshop to review best practice before testing their buildings for radon during the winter. Radon test kits will be shipped later.

Training and support cost is based upon school district enrollment size. For the majority of Iowa districts this ranges between $1,900 and $2,900/year. To encourage the continuation of school radon testing rotation schedules, there are discounts for previous participants and current EAIS Energy Members.

Because each district needs a different number of test kits, discounted commercial radon test kits are separate at $8/each. For quality control purposes kits must be purchased from EAIS at the time of the kickoff workshop.

 

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 advocate; Healthy Homes Radon Education and Consulting; Iowa Cancer Consortium; and the Iowa Department of Public Health.