• 3/23/17 :
Combined Radon Measurement and Mitigation Course and Exams
at TIEHH, May 15th-20th, 2017
• 1/17/17 :
January is National Radon Action Month.
Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that naturally exists in our soil. It originates from the decay and breakdown of uranium, also radioactive, located beneath our homes in the soil and bedrock. Radon gas once formed, can move through cracks and openings in floors and crawlspaces into all living places. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. Both the EPA and the World Health Organization have classified radon as a Class A carcinogen. The particles become trapped on the surface of our lungs, which is vulnerable to the radioactive particles released in the decay of radon. Radon is the only gas in the decay chain. Radon atoms can persist for nearly 4 days before it emits other radioactive solid elements. The probability of harm (i.e., lung damage) increases with the dose. Smokers are predicted to be 25 times more at risk from radon's ill-effects than those who have never smoked.
The most direct means to assess any risk posed by radon gas in your dwelling is to measure the radon present. EPA-approved test kits can measure either short or long-term results. TTU has oversight of the Texas EPA program for radon. I have several short-term kits available for those interested in testing. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 5/03/16 :
Radon in the Home May Be Linked to Blood Cancers in Women
Study found no connection with men, further research is needed
TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests a strong link between exposure to high levels of radon in the home and women's risk of blood cancers.
• 2/24/16 :
Does Your Home or Building Need Radon Testing?
Radon exposure is a known risk factor for lung cancer.
"Radon" sounds like a secret supervillain, and you could say that's essentially what it is. An invisible, odorless gas, radon concentrates in homes and buildings, exposing those who breathe it in to the second-top cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The good news is radon testing is simple; high-radon homes can be mitigated or fixed – and free or reduced-cost testing is offered in many areas.
• 4/20/16 :
ANSI Approves Consensus-Based ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™
New Standard Marks Significant Achievement, Expands Certification Options.
See the link for details and to acquire a free copy.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS). Home Innovation Research Labs served as Secretariat for the standard development process that began with a call for Consensus Committee members in February 2014, and culminated in submission of the final document to ANSI for consideration in February 2016. ANSI made the official public announcement of the NGBS approval in its Standards Action publication earlier this month.
• 2/24/16 :
Radon: The Invisible Killer
For most of us, home is our favorite place to be. It’s where we relax after a hard day at work. Home is for family, food and fun.
But there is a danger hiding in many homes. It kills thousands of people each year. You cannot see it or smell it. It’s called “radon”, and it’s a serious threat. Radon is a radioactive gas that is naturally produced by the earth. Each year, more than 20,000 Americans die from lung cancer caused by radon.
The good news is that it’s cheap and easy to test your home for radon. And if your home has dangerous levels of radon, there is a way to make your home safer.
Learn how to stay safe from this invisible killer through this program, presented in Spanish, Hmong, Somali and English.
• 10/01/15 :
Communications Projects Honored at Annual Convention
As of October 1, 2015,
The Institute for Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University will be administering the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) for the State of Texas.
• 10/20/15 :
ScienceScene: Texas capitol's granite emits trace radiation
There may be more addling the minds of legislators in the Texas State Capitol than the quagmires of politics — radiation.
The Texas State Capitol gets its distinctive color from the overlay of sunset red granite, which emits radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is one of the products created when uranium decays in soil and rock — especially granite. Radon is responsible for the majority of background radiation, a mixture of radiation from the earth and outer space that most people are exposed to all the time.
> How Can I Test for Radon?
There are two principle radon testing methods for home use. The most commonly used method is the short-term charcoal canister test that passively absorbs small amounts of radon over 3-7 days. The canister is subsequently analyzed by an EPA-approved lab.
The other method is a long-term (one month - one year) alpha--track test that detects radiation from radon and is then analyzed by an EPA-approved lab.
> Where Do I Get a Radon Test Kit?
Test kits might be found at your local hardware store for about $10 - $15, depending on the demand for kits in your particular area. You may also purchase test kits online from numerous private companies or through the National Radon Program Services (http://sosradon.org/).
Please note that if radon levels in the home exceed four (4) picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) the EPA recommends that homeowners should take action. When using a short-term test kit, additional testing is recommended to confirm the high levels.
EPA RADON LINKS
Dr. David Klein
Associate Professor, Environmental, Clinical & Analytical Chemistry
Adjunct Professor, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology University of Hawaii, Manoa
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Hawai’i
M.A.T. Teaching Chemistry, Texas Christian University
B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Phil Smith
Associate Professor, Terrestrial Ecotoxicology
Ph.D. Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University 2000
B.S. Chemistry & Biology, Murray State University 1988
Texas Tech University
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