Radon

Workshops to Help Schools Meet New Radon Law Begin Statewide Oct 12 

On May 24, 2022, the Gail Orcutt School Radon Safety Bill (Iowa House File 2412), named in memory of EAIS supporter and radon safety advocate Gail Orcutt, was signed into law by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. This important bill had overwhelming bipartisan support, passing the Iowa Senate 47-0 and the Iowa House with a 93-2 vote. It requires all Iowa public schools to test for radon every 5 years and to mitigate if elevated levels are found. Radon has been proven to cause lung cancer, even in non-smokers.

WHO GOT YOUR BACK? EAIS GOT YOUR BACK!

EAIS has Iowa schools covered with its School Radon Training and Support System (SRTSS). We have been helping schools prevent radon-induced lung cancer in their buildings since 2015. With EAIS, school radon testing is easy, inexpensive and worth it. SRTSS is:

  • All you need to meet the requirements of the new Iowa School Radon Safety law.
  • Training for school teams to learn how to test their own buildings for radon.
  • Support through the entire test and fix process 
  • The ONLY Iowa-based radon training specific to Iowa schools

This process begins by registering for a School Radon Kickoff Workshop. 2022-23 Workshops dates are below. Register by clicking the button at the bottom of this pageSchools will leave the workshop with a plan, schedule and test kits, and go home to test their own buildings during the winter with EAIS support. EAIS also provides assistance with the required public reporting. Who got your back? EAIS got your back!

2022-23 School Radon Kickoff Workshop Dates and locations (attend ONE)
  • Oct 12 – Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Fall, IA
  • Oct 19 – Green Hills AEA, Red Oak, IA
  • Oct 26 – Great Prairie AEA, Ottumwa IA
  • Nov 9 – Heartland AEA, Johnston, IA
  • Nov 30 – Prairie Lakes AEA, Pocahontas, IA

TIMES for all workshops (Lunch is included for all): New participants/those who have not yet tested their full buildings, and repeat schools with new staff: 9 a.m.. – 2:30 p.m. Repeat participants who began their full building testing between 2015-2022: Noon – 2:30, unless your School Radon Team would like to attend the full day for a full review.

Cost is a required basic membership based upon school district enrollment + per building cost based on type (5-year schedule TBD during Kickoff Workshop). Includes radon test kits. 

BASIC MEMBERSHIP per year
< 3,000 enrollment = $500
3,000 – 5,999 = $1,000
6,000 – 11,999 = $2,000
12,000 – 23,999 = $3,000

BUILDING TEST COSTS 
Elementary = $2,000 each
Intermediate, Junior High, Middle School = $2,500 each
K-12 building, Jr/Sr High, High School = $3,000 each
Other building over 30,000 SF = $1,000 each
Other under 30,000 SF = no additional cost

Click the button below to register your school’s Radon Team!

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.