Radon Testing

Public health policy for testing of radon in Montana schools

Radon as a human carcinogen has been clearly documented and children are an especially vulnerable population due to biophysical characteristics and duration of exposure. An investigation was necessary to determine if health policies exist to protect school children from radon exposure. This study inventoried the states with regulations regarding school radon testing. Nine states, eight with high geographic risk, have school testing policies. The implication of the policy inventory is that 28 high-radon states do not have policies in place to protect school children from radon.

Combining tobacco cessation and radon testing: A multiagency collaboration to promote the health of Montanans

Exposure to indoor radon and tobacco smoke have a synergistic effect, meaning that the combined risk for lung cancer is more than additive. In a rural, high-radon geographic state, this concern led to a coalition approach to encourage radon testing for Montana residents. A one- page radon background and risk document was included in the orientation packets for “Quit Line” enrollees attempting to quit smoking cigarettes. Free radon kits were sent to interested individuals. Data collection began January 1, 2014 and ended May 15, 2014.

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