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Introduction to Radon - in collaboration with Health Canada

Course Type: Complimentary Session
Course Length: 2 hrs
Price: 0.00

Seminar Overveiw

Did you know that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers?  Health Canada states that approximately 3,200 Canadians die each year as a result of radon induced lung cancer.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is present in all the air we breathe. Outdoors radon is diluted and of little concern but indoors radon can become concentrated and create an indoor air quality issue and significant health hazard. You cannot see, smell or taste radon and as a result, elevated levels could be present inside a building and you would never know without testing for it.

This seminar is designed to educate you about radon, including the health effects, the misconceptions, what is involved in the measurement and mitigation of radon and why all buildings must be tested.

Seminar Outline

  • What is radon?
  • Exposure and health effects of radon exposure
  • Applicable guidelines and regulations
  • Testing for radon - Includes planning for testing entire building portfolios
  • Mitigation of radon - Mitigation of other soil gases is also discussed
  • Radon and new construction

Who Should Attend?

  • Commercial and institutional building managers and owners
  • Managers and owners of multi-unit residential buildings
  • Architects and builders

Instructor Bio

Scott Cryer, B.Sc. Hons, P.Geo.
National Practice Lead, Radon

Scott Cryer is the National Practice Lead for radon at Pinchin Ltd. A Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo) since 2004, Scott has over 25 years of experience dealing with environmental, health and safety issues. His experience includes the assessment and management of surface and sub-surface soil and groundwater contamination, asbestos, lead and radon. Scott is certified with the American National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) and the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP), as a radon measurement and mitigation provider. Scott serves as Vice-President with the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) and is actively involved with scientific and government stakeholder groups for the development of radon policy to help Canadians successfully manage radon in their buildings.

Winnie Cheng
Regional Radiation Specialist for Health Canada

Winnie Cheng is the Regional Radiation Specialist for Environmental Health Program of Health Canada in British Columbia. Winnie hold a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Environmental Toxicology and she is a Certified Radon Specialist.


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