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February 2018

CARST 2018

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CARST (Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) organises this 2018 Annual Radon Conference in Ottawa (22-24 April). This year´s topic is “An Elemental Approach: RADON in EARTH AIR WATER”. Radonova is very proud to be gold sponsor of the conference. In addition, Radonova will have one speaker on April 23 presenting the new EURATOM BSS (Basic Safety Standards) Directive.

RADON AWARENESS

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Professionals dealing with radon gas know how important to increase radon awareness is. An article published on St Valentine’s day in the North Shore news interviewed two important names on radon awareness in Canada: Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol (Simon Fraser University) and Alan Whitehead (founding board member and President of CARST and CEO of Radon Environmental). Anne-Marie and Alan are working hard on increasing radon awareness among Canadian population. Anne-Marie is leading a project at her university called “Citizen Scientist Project for radon gas”. These are two examples of joint efforts from scientific and commercial sides to increase radon awareness and therefore protect people from radon exposure.

metroRADON consortium meeting

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Radonova Laboratories is a radon testing company and a producer of radon detectors that has strong interest on radon research. Therefore, it aims to state up-to-date on the most important radon research activities carried out within the scientific community. Due to this, Radonova Laboratories is one of the stakeholders and part of the Industry Interest Group of the EMPIR project metroRADON. This week, Radonova Laboratories has participated in the metroRADON consortium meeting that was held in Braunschweig (Germany) on 20-21 February. 30 participants from different research institutions presented the progress of the project and the upcoming activities.

ERA YouTube Channel

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Radonova Laboratories is founding member of the European Radon Association (ERA) and it has been an active member since 2013. ERA has made its name on the radon community in Europe and it is recognised as an important voice on radon issues. On the last edition of the European Radon Day, ERA made a series of videos in different languages (English, French, German and Spanish) about radon and the EURATOM Basic Safety Standards Directive. You can find these videos on the ERA YouTube channel.

Not only radon … but also Radiocaesium

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Radonova Laboratories is a company that not only deals with radon, but also with the measurement of #Radiocaesium (137Cs). Last fall we measured one sample meat with very high levels of 137Cs. The English newspaper “The Telegraph” published on 6th of October an interesting article entitled “Radioactive wild boar spark concerns in Sweden 31 years after Chernobyl”. We must recall that half-life of 137Cs is 30.07 y. The article reports that the radiation level was 16,000 becquerel per kilogram (Bq kg-1). The limit for 137Cs content is 1500 Bq kg-1. At Radonova Laboratories we also perform 137Cs measurements and this is part of our accreditation ISO 17025.

Deadline EURATOM BSS 2013/59

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The deadline for the implementation of EURATOM BSS Directive 2013/59 was 6th February 2018. Radonova laboratories would like to remind the following:

About #radon gas: Although #radon is a natural radioactive gas, elevated #radon levels indoors are not natural but a by-product of building practices. #radon levels may change daily, and #radon gas accumulation occurs indoors in all type of buildings.

#radon as a health risk: It has been scientifically proved throughout several scientific studies that exposure to #radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer (Darby S. et al, Scand j Work Environ Health 2006;32 (1):1-84; Darby et al, BMJ, doi:10.1136/bmj.38308.477650.63 (published 21 December 2004); Lubin at al, Int. J. Cancer: 109, 132–137 (2004); Lubin et al, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A Vol. 69, Iss. 7-8, 2006). #radon decay products attach to the respiratory system and may cause damage to our DNA.

EURATOM BSS: The new Directive establishes a reference level of 300 Bq m-3. The Directive mandates member states to monitor #radon levels in dwellings, work places and public areas. A detailed list of actions is included on the document and all member states have to set up a national #radon action plan.

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New guide – Reducing the Risk from Radon: Information and Interventions

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CRCPD (Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors) has issued a new guide for health care providers. The document is entitled “Reducing the Risk from Radon: Information and Interventions”. It is a very interesting document that describes in 11 pages basic facts about radon: what is radon?; radon health risk; scientific evidence of connection between radon and lung cancer; how to test radon?; how to reduce radon levels?; and other resources. NOTE: EPA’s radon action level of 4 pCi/L is equivalent to 148 Bq/m3.

You can download the document here

ICRP Dose Conversion Factors

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ICRP, International Commission on Radiological Protection, has issued the document ICRP Publication 137 (ICRP, 2017. Occupational Intakes of Radionuclides: Part 3. ICRP Publication 137. Ann. ICRP 46(3/4)). This document is entitled “Occupational intakes of radionuclides: Part 3”. The publication contains an electronic annex with a comprehensive set of committed effective and equivalent dose coefficients for radon among other radionuclides. A summary of ICRP Recommendations on radon can be found here