ERIC Number: ED368039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Radon Measurement in Schools. Revised Edition.
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other major national and international scientific organizations have concluded that radon is a human carcinogen and a serious environmental health problem. The EPA has conducted extensive research on the presence and measurement of radon in schools. This report provides school administrators and facilities managers with instructions on how to test for the presence of radon. Section 1 of this report includes information on radon facts, health effects, radon exposure, radon problems in schools, and radon entry into schools. Section 2 on radon testing in schools includes information on measurement strategy in schools, what rooms to test, when to conduct radon measurements, who may conduct testing, quality assurance measurements, summary of EPA recommendations, deciding how quickly to mitigate, and a decision making flow chart. Section 3 covers reducing radon concentrations. Section 4 includes frequently asked question on radon and radiation, planning for testing, conducting initial measurements, tampering and detector placement, weather conditions, conducting follow-up measurements, and quality assurance. Appendices include a list of state radon contacts, a list of EPA Regional Offices and Radon Training Centers, information on using a measurement service, measurement devices, quality assurance procedure, and a procedural checklist for radon testing. (JPT)
Descriptors: Cancer, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Facilities Management, Hazardous Materials, Measurement, Physical Environment, School Safety
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9428.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.