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IAEA launches online seminar on Radon

Radon is the second most common cause of lung cancer after smoking.

IAEA launches online seminar on Radon
The webinars will feature sessions on topics such as sharing information about radon exposure and mapping of radon. (Image credit: Flickr)

The IAEA is launching a new series of online seminars for professionals and others interested in tackling problems associated with naturally occurring radon, especially since it is the second most common cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that forms a significant part of many people's total exposure to ionizing radiation. In most cases, high levels of radon may be reduced using technical measures.

The webinars will feature sessions on topics such as sharing information about radon exposure, possible remediation techniques and building materials and mapping of radon. The series has been created in cooperation with international and national organizations including the European Radon Association, the US Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The first seminar, to be held on 5 April 2018, will highlight exposure to radon in homes. The one-hour session, co-organized with the CRCPD, will be led by Phillip Ray Gibson, who coordinates the Radon Program for the US state of North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services' Radiation Protection Program.

"I will present a successful case study of a partnership between a state governmental entity, that regulates the state's licensure program for real estate brokers, and private sector entities," he said. "Such partnerships lead to better communication on exposure to radon, enabling buyers and sellers to make informed decisions."

An IAEA expert Richelle Tolton from the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security said participants in the first seminar would learn how to deliver appropriate messages on exposure to radon and its remediation in line with the IAEA General Safety Requirements Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources (GSR Part 3). This IAEA safety standard requires governments to provide information on levels of radon indoors and associated health risks, and, if appropriate, to act to control the public exposure to it.

(This is a reproduced IAEA news as it is. Devdiscourse bears no responsibility towards grammatical or factual errors that may have been presented in the report.)



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