HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., September 25, 2019 (Newswire.com) - The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), as publisher and owner of ANSI-AARST standards developed and maintained by the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards, has created complimentary on-line access to the STANDARDS in order to facilitate their adoption in state policy.
Members of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists work to reduce occurrences of radon-induced lung cancer through education, public policy initiatives, research, detection, and mitigation. Radon is the no. 1 leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. It is an odorless, colorless, tasteless toxic gas that is naturally emitted from soil and gets trapped in buildings, exposing people to its carcinogenic properties.
The AARST Board authorized this expanded access in response to the recent memo from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The memo recommends that states adopt the most current national consensus-based standards. Kyle Hoylman, chair of the Executive Stakeholder Committee for the AARST Consortium of National Radon Standards, responded favorably to this announcement. "Providing the general public and state partners access to our consensus standards helps ensure the most current radon measurement and mitigation practices are readily available for adoption." Hoylman added, "We're always interested in working with our state and federal partners to develop and deliver standards that address this important public health issue."
An additional benefit of having free access is the facilitation of ANSI-AARST standards' inclusion in other standards. Access will increase understanding of best practices by those who design, maintain, build, and give support to all who seek to advance radon risk reduction. Chrystine Kelley, Chair of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors E-25 Committee on Radon (CRCPD E-25) stated, "Access to the consensus-based standards on radon allows all state radon programs nationally to share a clear and consistent message on the proper protocols to follow for radon measurement and mitigation. CRCPD E25 is very appreciative of the AARST efforts to ensure that these standards can be accessed with no cost to state radon programs."
The standards web page now offers free read-only viewing privileges for all standards via FlippingBook with options to purchase, download and print copies.
Visit https://standards.aarst.org/ to view the ANSI-AARST standards.
Source: The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists