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Expert Interview with David Lenden, Director of RPmatters in the UK

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In this Expert Interview we talk to David Lenden, Director of RPmatters – a UK business dedicated to providing radiation protection advice and support across the UK. During our conversation, David discusses the current state and potential evolution of the radon measurement market in the UK and his longstanding relationship with Radonova.

Can you give me some background on your company and what it does?

We are a small business based in the South West of the UK (specifically Plymouth) that has been operating for over ten years. We provide general radiation protection advice and support across numerous sectors; including, but not limited to, Radon measurement. As an accredited Radiation Protection Advisor and Chartered Radiation Protection Professional I can, and do, provide advice and support to individuals, housing associations, companies and schools etc. for compliance with legislation relating to ionising radiations; this includes Radon. Although this is not unique, we do provide a service that has been identified by our clients as much more approachable, pragmatic and comprehensive than others. A company supplying detectors doesn’t usually have an RPA, the legal appointed professional, required to comply with UK occupational regulations above 300 Bq/m3.

Are you affiliated to any radon associations?

Yes, we are. We are members of the European Radon Association, the UK Radon Association (I actually sit on the UKRA board), are associated with COIRA (Coalition of International Radon Associations) and member & affiliated to the Society for Radiological Protection. Each of these associations are working to improve Radon awareness and increase the number of measurements and mitigation.

What is the current state of the radon measurement market in the UK?

Generally, I would say it is buoyant. Without being disrespectful to others, the UK is doing more than some other countries, but at the same time we have a long way to go. The potential market is significant.

How do you foresee the market changing over the next few years?

It is difficult to say. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have reconfirmed that the legislation relating to Radon exposure is applicable for all employers; even plumbers and electricians in Radon Affected Areas! But I remember a HSE inspector at a conference in 2007 stating that about 95% of employers in Radon Affected Areas are unaware that radon could cause a risk in the workplace. I am not sure this percentage has improved at all but if you add in how unaware employers with work locations below/partially below ground ANYWHERE in the UK are of the need to measure, I don’t think the percentage would have gone down at all.

There used to be twelve radiation protection specialist HSE inspectors – I believe there’s now three. One point I’d like to make is the toing and froing between the HSE and Public Health England (PHE). The HSE stance is that radon is a public health issue, where as PHE view radon as a health and safety issue. Once a department takes responsibility, we are more likely to see quicker progress.

In my opinion IF the HSE can be appropriately funded to enforce the requirements of a simple Radon risk assessment, then measurement in the workplace would dramatically increase. Domestic measurements are an even more difficult market to develop but which MUST be managed. Simple measurement with straightforward and low-cost mitigation can save lives. The Only Way to Know is to Measure.

Without the above it shall remain a slow but increasing market.

How did you start working with Radonova?

That takes me back before I started the business. I was working for a multinational company supporting Radon measurements in a housing stock of 49,000 homes about 15 years ago. In fact RPmatters are still working with that client. I was looking for a validated laboratory to provide large quantities of etch track detectors for three-month measurements. Radonova had the capabilities we needed. In addition to being UK validated, large quantities of detectors can be processed and reported upon promptly. The fact that they are also an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory meant they are a much valued Service not just a provider of plastic. When detectors are purchased a whole team of people work behind the scenes to ensure that it is not just a number on a page you get back.

What is your relationship with Radonova on a day to day basis?

We provide the point of contact for all Radonova products supplied to companies or individuals in the UK; whether supplied by ourselves, directly from Radonova or by secondary sellers. Fortunately the people at Radonova are very approachable, knowledgeable and helpful so sorting problems tends to be relatively easy. Customers having the ability to enter their data directly onto the server is great but the number of people who lose the paperwork (specifically login details) means we do contact them almost daily. It’s great to be viewed as part of the team; even more so when most are Liverpool fans!

Are there any Radonova technologies that are particularly relevant to the UK market?

I think there are three that deserve a mention. The principle technology we use on a daily basis is Radtrak2. Secondly, combining Radtrak2 with the online server access (Radonline) makes a formidable service.

But the device that I am most enthusiastic about is the Duotrak. In its current mode it is an excellent exposure meter being able to provide a result for workplace exposure during occupation.

A variation of the system, Ecotrak, can measure Radon levels in soil resulting in estimation of Radon potential in new build properties. A much better process than that described to me by a local Site Manager of a 1,200-acre new build site where we were looking to purchase a house. He described putting one etch track detector at the end of the site on the ground surface under a bucket for three months and when the result came back he stated that “there is no Radon”; so they didn’t install any protective measures! We didn’t buy a house there…

Any closing thoughts?

Thinking about these questions has meant I had to summarise, in my mind, nearly 40 years of Radon protection into a few points of (potential) interest. And the one point that I keep coming back to is getting people to take simple and inexpensive actions to save lives.

The final thought is how America have, recently, increased Radon measurements being made in the home by targeting pet owners. It would seem people are more willing to spend a small amount of money to protect their pets than themselves!

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David Lenden during last meeting in Uppsala.

From left to right : Tryggve Rönnqvist, technical manager at Radonova – David Lenden, Director of RPmatters – José-Luis Gutierrez, Specialist Radon Measurement Advisor at Radonova and Oscar Wännerud, laboraty Manager at Radonova

Radonova launches ROBIN2 – a professional radon sensor with high sensitivity

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Radonova Laboratories has launched ROBIN2, broadening its range of radon measurement technologies. The latest version of ROBIN is twice as sensitive as its predecessor and includes an improved response function for optimum compliance with rapid changes in radon levels.

ROBIN2 is a state-of-the-art radon sensor that can be deployed as a fixed installation in smart homes for monitoring and reducing radon levels. It can be mounted in all types of ventilation control units where there is a requirement to monitor radon levels. It can be easily connected to a controller, central unit, data logger, fan control system or PLC and is available in various formats.

The new response function improves measurement accuracy as radon levels fluctuate. This is due to its improved sensitivity, which reduces error at lower levels, otherwise it is limited by deteriorating statistics due to the pulse rate being too low. ROBIN2 has a new motherboard that is more insulated and weather resistant. ROBIN2 is available as a standard or industrial version which can be used for mining. The mining version has enhanced protection against dust and moisture and is optimized for underground measurements.

– I’m delighted that Radonova has enhanced the capabilities of ROBIN, which was the first radon sensor of its kind when it was first launched in 2016. ROBIN2 is without doubt a market-leading detector, due to its new response function and overall stability, said Dag Sedin, a senior advisor at Radonova, who was integral to ROBIN’s initial launch.

ROBIN2 is available now.

About ROBIN2

ROBIN2 measures the radon content of air in Bq/m³ and gives an analog output signal of 1-10V, proportional to the concentration of radon in the air. Compared to its predecessor, ROBIN2 has improved sensitivity and a larger and more efficient measuring chamber. The output signal is also more stable and more consistent with the real radon content variation. If required, the measurement range can be defined by the customer. The radon sensor is protected against electromagnetic interference and can be connected to a thyristor controller. The transducer is mountable without directional dependence and can be permanently installed in a room, ventilation shaft or air handling unit. The mining version has enhanced moisture protection and is built for an underground environment.

Additional features:
• Can measure accurately in both laminar and turbulent airflow
• High sensitivity to provide good time resolution
• Great flexibility and can be customized for OEM

For more information on ROBIN2 visit our dedicated website
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Interview with Weston Jacques of Evict Radon

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In this Expert Interview we talk to Weston Jacques, Executive Director of Evict Radon – a new non-profit organization dedicated to radon awareness and testing across Canada via a University of Calgary research study. During our conversation, Weston discusses the evolution of the Evict Radon campaign and how it is expanding this year…

How did the project come about?

Evict Radon started as a research study out of the University of Calgary through Dr. Aaron Goodarzi. Dr. Goodarzi is studying radon at the University and trying to identify why some homes have low levels of radon, while others have high levels of radon. In order to do this, he needed as many people as possible to test their homes for radon gas. In order to do this successfully, he needed to build a campaign to increase public awareness with a call to action to purchase a radon testing kit, hence the creation of Evict Radon.

What is your role in Evict Radon and how has the campaign grown?

I was employed by the University of Calgary in November 2018 to support Dr. Goodarzi’s from a communications perspective and help get the message out there. My employment coincided with additional funding for the project which was used to widen the scope of Evict Radon outside of Calgary to the rest of Alberta.

Due to the success of Evict Radon last year we realized it had more scope than just a four-month campaign (October- January). It soon became apparent that Evict Radon could shape radon awareness, on the back of the University research, across the entire country. Therefore, in February 2019 we took the decision to incorporate Evict Radon as its own non-profit. This is when I assumed the role of Executive Director.

Even though we now have a national focus, we are still very much run out of the University of Calgary, but we recognize that we are growing and it’s becoming a much bigger entity than just a University research study. My role during the campaign season is to ensure the public understand what radon is and why they should purchase one of our kits and participate in our project.

Crucially, by purchasing through us you are contributing back to lung cancer research. Furthermore, the kits are analysed in a laboratory which is the only ISO17025 certified alpha track testing facility of its kind, so we are 100% confident in the lab analysis and its QA process.

Why does the campaign run during the fall and winter?

Originally the research was showing higher levels of radon in the winter – particularly in climates such as ours. Because we have very cold winters people seal their homes and turn on their furnaces which creates a shift in the negative pressure which in turn has the potential to increase radon levels.

What has been the feedback from the public?

Radon awareness is very low. Not a lot of people know about it, or really understand it. What we’re really trying to do is leverage the University research to increase awareness and education about the harmful effects of radon. As Dr. Goodarzi is the Canadian Research Chair for Radiation Exposure Disease, it provides the campaign with a degree of authority and so when we communicate with the public there’s a lot of trust as it comes directly from an institute. In general, the feedback has been really good.

Evict Radon was never meant to be a scare campaign, we didn’t want to freak the public out about a gas in their homes which they couldn’t see, smell or taste. We wanted the campaign to be easy to remember which is why we called it Evict Radon, it’s a play on words which is easy to understand and gets the message across.

There aren’t many platforms which allow the public to ask questions about radon, which is a responsibility we’ve taken onboard. You can find out a lot of information on our website and we try to keep it as simple as possible. We take the time to answer all calls and emails and reiterate this is the first step to lung cancer prevention.

What’s new moving forward?

In order to communicate our message across all of Canada, we need to offer all our information in both English and French. We’re currently exploring what it will take to develop a French website and French speaking support team. For this year, there will be far more focus on the Saskatchewan province in Western Canada as we are seeing very high levels of radon in this area and really hope to get as many people testing as possible.

What has been your experience with the service provided by Radonova?

We could not do this without the support of Radonova. Their partnership in this endeavor has helped us design a custom service model that meets the specific needs of our project. They’ve been fantastic in terms of accommodating our residential audience – each homeowner must fill out a home metrics survey and register their kit on Radonova’s platform. The research we produce annually couldn’t happen without this information and because of this, they have been a phenomenal partner in the success and expansion of the Evict Radon campaign.

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Radonova launches Polish division, reinforcing European expansion strategy

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Radonova Laboratories continues to expand with the announcment of a new division in Poland. Based on its strategy of appointing local specialists and partners to manage specific territories, Radonova continues to remain at the forefront of increasing awareness of the health risks associated with radon exposure, while also providing reliable, accredited measurement services.

As in many other European countries, Polish regulations have recently been amended due to the implementation of the BSS Directive. Consequently, there is increased dialogue on the dangers of radon exposure which is leading to a greater demand for radon measurements. In response to this, Radonova has spread its operations to Poland to provide industry leading technology and reliable radon measurement techniques and procedures. Across Europe, the company endeavours to ensure that the general public fully understands the implications of radon levels in their homes and workplaces.

The new division will be headed up by Zuzanna Podgórska – an experienced specialist in radon dosimetry who is well versed on local conditions and requirements.

“Changing the law, in my opinion, is the first step to raising awareness of the health risks that direct exposure to radon can cause. However, we have a long way to go before measurements become routine. It will be my role to broaden awareness in Poland, and make radon less of a niche field”, comments Zuzanna Podgórska.

“The crucial point is to provide efficient processes, service and quality. That’s why it is very important to choose a service provider who is ISO accreditated, meaning the validity of the radon data obtained from devices is recognized internationally as they are rigorously tested on a regular basis by independent third parties. It is the only way to ensure people are 100% confident that their measurements are valid and conducted in a laboratory that maintains exacting standards”, concludes Zuzanna Podgórska.

Radonova Laboratories CEO Karl Nilsson said: “By working with Zuzanna, we continue to expand our global presence at a time when the demand for reliable radon measurements increases. Zuzanna is a market specialist who brings a vast amount of experience to the table, her expertise will provide us with a strong presence in Poland. Ultimately, we want to raise awareness of the availability of our radon measurement technologies so that the dangers of radon exposure can be mitigated.”

Zuzanna Podgórska has worked as a specialist in the Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection since 2013. She has a master’s degree from Warsaw University of Technology, where she studied passive radon detectors. Her PhD studies were in the Nuclear Physics department working on geological radon mapping. She is involved in teaching and the popularization of science and has wide experience in the field of radiation protection. She is a qualified Radiation Protection Inspector.

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that leaks from the ground and in some cases comes from building materials. Depending on the ground beneath the house and the type of building construction, harmful high concentrations of radon can occur. Radon is a health risk that, after smoking, is the most common cause of lung cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 3% – 14% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon depending on where you live. WHO recommends a limit value for radon content of 100 Bq / m3. Globally, an estimated 230,000 people are affected each year by lung cancer as a result of long-term exposure to radon.

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Take Action on Radon and Radonova Collaborate on 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge

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Radonova, the global leader in radon measurement, is proudly partnering with Take Action on Radon to supply Radtrak² radon gas detectors for the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge.

What is the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge?

The objective of the campaign is to gather more information about radon concentrations across Canada to increase knowledge and better understand concentration levels. The challenge targets municipalities where radon testing has thus far been limited, but where there is a potential for homes to have elevated radon levels. With the support of Health Canada, the project has already met it’s 2019 goal of singing up 15 communities. The program provides 100 test kits to each participating municipality, to be distributed to citizens for free or for a nominal fee. Each community needs to have a Community Liaison to take on this project to provide local support. Sign up here if you’re interested in becoming a community champion and joining the challenge for 2019-2020 fall and winter season.

Developing awareness about radon

“Many Canadians still don’t know that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers,” says Pam Warkentin, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST), and Project Manager for Take Action on Radon. “Reducing radon exposure saves lives, and the 100 Test Kit Challenge is a great way for a community to come together and address this risk.”

Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas created by the natural decay of uranium in the soil. A measurable amount of radon is found in every building, but exposure to high amounts over a long period of time presents a risk of lung cancer. Radon is the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers – Health Canada estimates that about 16% of lung cancer deaths are related to exposure to radon in the home. However, all homes can be tested for radon and radon levels can be reduced if they are found to be high.

Long term testing

Radtrak² is Radonova’s long-term radon gas detector which measures homes and workplaces for radon gas over a sustained period. As radon levels fluctuate from day to day, the long term test method captures radon concentrations over time to provide a better, more accurate and representative average radon gas level. Long term radon testing is also recommended by Health Canada.

Bill Rounds, President of Radonova, said: “The 100 Test Kit Challenge is an excellent example of a project that engages communities to participate and encourage radon testing, and raise much needed public awareness of the dangers of radon exposure in those areas of Canada where testing has been limited. Do not underestimate radon, it is a global health problem that is estimated to cause 230,000 cases of lung cancer each year¹. Living with high levels of radon is an unnecessary health risk. Elevated radon levels in the home can easily be reduced, but first you have to test.”

Who is Take Action on Radon?

Take Action on Radon is a national initiative which brings together radon stakeholders and raises awareness of radon across Canada. The current advisory team is made up of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST), CAREX Canada, and the Canadian Cancer Society. The success of this initiative hinges on the participation and dedication of hundreds of radon stakeholders coast to coast – from radon professionals and community champions to radon researchers, public health officials, and programs at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.

Radonova is the laboratory of choice for numerous government radon surveys, as well as other public and private sector large scale measurement contracts around the world. A truly global laboratory, Radonova is active in over 50 countries and has performed millions of measurements.

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For more information, please contact Bill Rounds, President of Radonova
Phone: +1.331.814.2201, E-mail: bill.rounds@radonova.com

¹ Environmental Health Perspectives, 31 May 2018, https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP2503.

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Expert Interview with Dr. Aaron Goodarzi – The Global Fight Against Radon

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In this expert interview, we talk to Dr Aaron Goodarzi, the Canada Research Chair for Radiation Exposure Disease, about the dangers of radon exposure. During our conversation, Dr. Goodarzi discusses the steps that need to be taken to lessen the risk of radon exposure, the greater need for collaboration between countries and technical communities to ensure that radon exposure is tackled on a global basis and why projects like Evict Radon are essential if we are to eradicate radon as a health issue.

In brief, could you please describe what you consider to be the main challenges for fighting radon and its consequent impact on human health?

In many parts of the world, radon exposure in buildings is a worsening problem due to the evolving nature of our built environment. Lung cancer is the highest lethality cancer type known, and rates continue to rise in non-smokers for reasons that are still not clear. So, three of the most important challenges right now are (i) finding out exactly HOW our human-made environment influences our radon exposure, (ii) then WHAT we can do to reduce radon exposure and (iii) develop a clear, molecular-level understanding of WHY the radiation from radon gives rise to cancer.

(If you agree) could you please explain and elaborate on why radon exposure issue is a global issue? And how can global cooperation can help alleviate the problem?

Radon is essentially everywhere where humans have built cities on Earth, the main question is how much is entering and being concentrated within a given type of building. Different countries have different radon problems, but most can learn from one another about what works (and does not work) in terms of radon exposure awareness, testing, prevention and mitigation. Successes need to be shared to more quickly reduce radon in countries just recently coming to grips with their radon problem, whilst failures are equally important to learn from, so they are not repeated.

In many parts of the world, the knowledge about radon is low. Why do you think there’s a shortage of knowledge and awareness about radon?

Simply put, it takes time and a great deal of resources to raise radon awareness from ‘nothing’. Some countries started this process back in the 1980’s, when the connection between radon in homes and lung cancer was first realized. Naturally, those areas now enjoy a much greater level of awareness versus those that did not start the process of educating their populations until much later. As different parts of the world realize the scale of their radon problem, they slowly put resources in terms of funds and human activity into tackling the problem. Given that radon itself is literally invisible, such awareness campaigns require finesse and careful tailoring to cater the message to specific audiences and cultures. What works for one culture or demographic does not necessarily work for another, and so there is no ‘magic bullet’ for radon awareness, but rather the need for a great deal of hard work from a lot of smart and caring people.

Could you tell us a bit about the Canadian “Evict Radon” campaign? Why is it important and what are the results so far?

Evict Radon emerged from the work of enthusiastic biologists in the Canadian province of Alberta back in 2013, slowly evolving from a local radon testing campaign into a national non-profit program that uses the latest in research from across disciplines (biology, architecture, geoscience, psychology, population health and more) to defeat the radon problem. Evict Radon has revolutionized radon awareness in Canada, using a citizen science approach to encourage Canadians to test their homes for radon, while at the same time contributing their data to cancer prevention research efforts in the public domain. It has been an enormous success, with multiple peer-reviewed studies being released and underway – as well as getting 16,000 Canadians radon tested in approximately 4-5 years. Some of our key findings so far include the scale of radon exposure in the Canadian Prairies – the second highest on Earth – and the observation that newer North American homes contain substantially higher and still worsening radon levels compared to older homes. We are also in the process of discovering the ‘formula’ for a high versus low radon property, which will be very important to ensure that new homes no longer contain high radon.

Radonova has been measuring and analysing radon for a long time and they are involved in the Evict Radon campaign. What is your impression of its radon detectors and expertise?

We carefully surveyed different testing options at the outset of our study, and ultimately decided to go with Radonova for three reasons. First, their devices are the only ISO certified devices available – meaning the validity of the radon data obtained from such devices is recognized internationally as they are rigorously tested on a regular basis by independent third parties. Second, they offered the highest possible data security and online infrastructure we could find. Finally, their quality control process met our exacting standards in terms of accuracy, precision and scientific rigor.

How much can we achieve when it comes to fighting radon?

I firmly believe that we will get to a state where radon, as a source of lung cancer, is a rarity or even a memory. This will take time, but it has been done for other toxic compounds and pollutants. Given that radon can be so easily tested for and, if high, removed from a property, there is no reason why it should continue to take the lives of thousands upon thousands of people each year.

About Dr. Goodarzi

Dr. Goodarzi is the Canada Research Chair for Radiation Exposure Disease. He obtained his PhD from University of Calgary in 2005 and trained as a post-doctoral scholar at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the University of Sussex (UK) until 2010. In 2011, he opened his own laboratory at the University of Calgary’s School of Medicine. In 2015, he was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40; in 2016, he was made a University of Calgary “Peak Scholar” for innovation in radon gas and lung cancer knowledge engagement; in 2018, he was selected as a TEDx speaker and, in 2019, received one of the School of Medicine’s Education Awards for innovation in graduate training.

Dr. Goodarzi is the founder and leader of Evict Radon, a new Canadian non-profit organization whose goal is to solve Canada’s substantial and worsening radon-gas exposure problem through interdisciplinary research for the benefit of all Canadians.

Additional Links

Dr. Goodarzi profile, University of Calgary: https://www.ucalgary.ca/bmb/profiles/dr-aaron-goodarzi

“Radon in our Homes: The Science Behind the Danger”, Dr. Aaron Goodarzi, TEDx Talk: https://radonova.com/ted-talk/

Radonova: https://radonova.com/

For more information

Bill Rounds, President of Radonova Phone: +1.331.814.2201,

‘E-mail: bill.rounds@radonova.com

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Odd Magne Solheim Appointed for Radonova’s Norway Expansion

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Radonova Laboratories has hired Odd Magne Solheim who will be responsible for the company’s expansion plans in Norway. Due to the appointment, Radonova will now have its own local presence in the Norwegian measurement and analysis of radon market. The investment in Norway is part of Radonova’s wider plans to enhance its international presence as many regions across the world become increasingly affected by stringent requirements for measuring radon in homes and workplaces.

Norway has recently adopted a national radon strategy which has led to a regulatory framework that will increase the need for radon measurement in housing and workplaces.

”At Radonova, we always strive to have local expertise in the countries we operate. With Magne as part of the team, we are now better positioned to increase our presence in Norway. Magne is an expert on issues related to radon and radon measurement. He will play an important role in allowing us to offer improved and additional services to both new and existing customers in the region”, comments Karl Nilsson, CEO of Radonova Laboratories.

”Knowledge of the dangers of radon has recently increased in Norway. The Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) has been proactively distributing information to the public to ensure more people are aware of the harmful effects of radon. This has consequently led to more radon measurements in the country. As the world’s leading radon laboratory, Radonova is ideally positioned to play an active role in providing radon measurement technologies to businesses and individuals to mitigate the dangers of radon exposure”, comments Odd Magne Solheim.

“I have worked in collaboration with Radonova for many years and know that they have a very high level of expertise and can offer the fastest delivery and analysis times on the market. They also have a corporate culture that I like. I really look forward to being responsible for the company’s development and operations in Norway”, Magne concludes.

Odd Magne Solheim has 20 years of experience in radon measurement, consulting and product development, which included working at the Norwegian Building Research Institute. Magne is a trained engineer with a focus on ventilation and indoor climate.

Radonova’s Norwegian office is located in Brandbu in Hadeland, which is about an hour’s drive north of Oslo.

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AARST 2019 – Radon Community Gathers in Denver for Annual Symposium

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Last week the 33rd Annual 2019 International Radon Symposium and Trade Show (AARST) was hosted by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technicians (AARST) in downtown Denver, CO.? Members of the Radonova team from both sides of the pond were in attendance, exhibiting in the sold-out vendor hall.? The symposium is the largest of its kind and is attended by hundreds of radon professionals including scientists, regulators and companies from across the United States, as well as participants from Canada, Europe, and Asia.

There were over 70 guest speakers including the keynote speech from Dr. Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S. Dean and Professor of the Colorado School of Public Health, who provided an insightful look back at the history of radon and its role in our environment and workplaces. During the talk Dr Samet highlighted the many controversies which have occurred across radon’s history, some of which are now resolved as the scientific foundation for radon control becomes more certain. The presentation ended with a look forward to the future of controlling radon’s risks. Another presentation of note was delivered by featured speaker Sara Jensen from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who provided an update on its radon policies for multifamily financing.

Naturally, the tradition of the AARST social “Night-Out” continued on, with attendees joining for a fun evening of food and drink, networking, and sport at the Wynkoop Brewery, Denver’s original craft brewery which was founded in 1988. During the evening conference goers challenged each other to games of pool, foosball, and shuffleboard.

Denver was a fantastic location, the symposium was well organized, and we left the 33rd annual meeting feeling motivated and energized to meet the challenges ahead of us, which is to provide as many quality measurement results as possible, and empower people to take action to minimize unnecessary exposure to the harmful effects of this known carcinogen, radon gas.

Let’s hope by the time we attend the 2020 Symposium more technological and legislative advances have been made to combat the issue of radon exposure

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Radonova Signs Danish Partner Agreement with RadonHuset

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Radonova Laboratories has signed a partnership agreement with Denmark’s leading radon measurement company, RadonHuset, which will enable Radonova to deliver radon detectors to RadonHuset’s customers. Under the agreement, RadonHuset becomes Radonova’s offical representative in Denmark. Therefore, RadonHuset will now become a return hub for all radon detectors and will provide support to Radonova’s Danish customers.

Increased focus on radon

In Demark, the demand for radon measurement has substantially grown over the past few years. Initially this growth was primarily driven by measurements in private houses. However, there is now a strong demand for radon measurements from municipalities that want to carry out measurements in schools and public premises. As a country, Denmark strives to be “greener” which is highlighted by governmental legislation, consequently there is increased dialogue on the dangers of radon exposure which is leading to an even greater demand for radon measurements.

Bjarke Jacobsen, CEO of RadonHuset said: “The majority of Danish households have not conducted any radon measurement. However, several large foundations, authorities and the Building Research Institute (SBi) are actively focussing more on radon related issues as it becomes a higher priority across the country. We are convinced that radon measurements will become more frequent in Denmark, which necessitates the need for a qualified partner who can deliver high quality and fast radon analysis.”

“By combining RadonHuset’s local knowledge and sales channels with Radonova’s technical excellence, we become a very strong team. Radonova has already shown that they are at the forefront of radon measurements and we look forward to a close and successful collaboration,” Bjarke Jacobsen continues.

Radonova Laboratories CEO Karl Nilsson said: “The market for radon measurements is international. By signing an agreement with RadonHuset, we continue to expand our global presence at a time when the demand for reliable radon measurements increases. Although the Danish market is relatively small, for us it is strategically important and we foresee considerable growth opportunities. RadonHuset is a highly qualified and well-established local partner that matches and complements our own offering in radon measurement.”

Besides Denmark, Radonova Laboratories has local partners in Finland, Norway, Poland, Germany, England, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, France, Spain and Portugal.

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that leaks from the ground and in some cases comes from building materials. Depending on the ground beneath the house and the type of building construction, harmful high concentrations of radon can occur. Radon is a health risk that, after smoking, is the most common cause of lung cancer. Globally, an estimated 230 000 people are affected each year by lung cancer as a result of long-term exposure to radon.

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Radonova Signs Danish Partner Agreement with RadonHuset

Radonova and Durridge partnership brings RAD7 radon and thoron detector closer to European customers

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Radonova Laboratories and Durridge have signed a reseller agreement where Radonova will make the Durridge RAD7 radon and thoron detector available to the European market. So far over 5 000 units of RAD7 have been sold in six continents and the instrument has become a standard in the global scientific community, including mentions in over 2 500 research papers.

Carlos Bielicki, Chief Commercial Officer at Durridge, said: “The partnership with Radonova is a key part of our global strategy and we are confident that Radonova’s excellent reputation, knowledge and sales team will significantly increase Durridge’s exposure on the European market. Customers that need a radon and thoron instrument for any application can rest assured that the RAD7 delivers unparalleled measurement performance at a cost-effective price.”

Karl Nilsson, CEO at Radonova Laboratories, said: “Durridge RAD7 is an excellent complement to our own radon sniffer ATMOS. RAD7 is built on a different technology and makes it possible to detect both thoron and radon gas. From that aspect and based on RAD7´s track record this is a very important agreement which makes our portfolio of instruments even stronger.”

Dag Sedin, Senior Advisor at Radonova Laboratories, comments: “The capacity to measure both thoron and radon gas is especially important in some applications. Thoron gas has a half-life of one minute where RAD7 allows measurements detecting if the source has direct contact with the earth air which many times is the source of radon as well. My experience is that RAD7 is a very reliable and useful instrument. For instance, it is a very effective tool when measuring radon levels where ventilation varies over time. The instrument also comes with a number of accessories for measurement in water and soil.”

The RAD7 is used in a variety of applications in North America, a prevalent use is for geologists to measure radon as an environmental tracer for groundwater-surface water interactions. For these projects, RAD7 is used together with RAD H2O or RAD AQUA, both accessories for measuring radon in water.

For more information, please contact:

Karl Nilsson, CEO, Radonova Laboratories Phone: +46 (0)70-639 01 31, E-mail: karl.nilsson@radonova.com

Carlos Bielicki, Chief Commercial Officer, Durridge Phone: +1 978 239 0325, E-mail: carlos@durridge.com

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