TORONTO, Aug. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Recent media reports (National Post, CBC) have highlighted results from research conducted by Health Canada
scientists on the prevalence of radon gas in Canadian homes and
Radon is an invisible, odourless, radioactive gas that seeps into homes,
schools and other buildings through openings in foundation walls and
basement floors. The only known health effect from prolonged exposure
to radon is lung cancer.
On the basis of radon tests in some 14,000 homes and buildings across
Canada, Health Canada scientists have found that many more homes than
expected from previous surveys have radon levels above Canadian public
Having analyzed the test findings, Health Canada scientists have
concluded that about 7% of homes and buildings across Canada have high
radon gas levels. They have also concluded that approximately 16% of
all lung cancer deaths in Canada can be attributed to radon in homes
and buildings, irrespective of lung cancers from smoking. These
estimates are higher than previous Health Canada estimates.
To the independent Radiation Safety Institute of Canada , which has
argued for many years for better public health and workplace protection
from radon, these numbers are not surprising. Other countries and
jurisdictions (USA, European Union, Scandinavia) have long ago come to
similar conclusions and have taken concerted action to protect the
health of their populations.
Scientists from the Radiation Safety Institute have reviewed the Health
Canada research findings and discussed the results with Health Canada.
"Our scientists have no reason to dispute the results" says Institute
President, Fergal Nolan. "In fact, we applaud Health Canada for the new
rigor it has shown on the radon issue since it finally lowered the
radon exposure guidelines in 2006".
"For Canadians, the new findings make it even more urgent that all homes
and schools be tested for radon", adds Institute radiation scientist,
Lynn MacDonald. "The solution is not difficult. Radon testing is simple
and, if there is a problem, remediation is often easy. By taking these
steps, Canadians can protect their families from unnecessary radiation
exposure and potential future lung cancers."
Radon testing is best done during the fall and winter months when
windows are mostly closed. Full information on radon, its health
effects and on radon testing and remediation can be found on the
Radiation Safety Institute's website, www.RadiationSafety.ca. For radon tests, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Radiation Safety Institute of Canada
For further information:
Lynn MacDonald, MSc, Radiation Scientist: 416-650-9090x23; email@example.com