Media Release

Call for Mandatory Action on Radon

Comprehensive approach to radon safety in child care settings needed to protect both children and staff

Nov 21 2017

Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE) executive director, Erica Phipps, along with CPCHE colleagues from the Canadian Child Care Federation and the Canadian Environmental Law Association, public officials and radon experts call for mandatory action on radon in child care settings.

In a commentary published in Environmental Health Review, experts join voices to call for mandatory action on radon in child care settings.

Radon is a radioactive soil gas that can build up to harmful levels in indoor spaces. It is a known carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada.

Despite its known risks and the availability of testing and remediation measures, most child care facilities in Canada are not tested to ensure radon levels are below the Canadian guideline.

The authors examine recent efforts to promote radon action in the child care sector and conclude that voluntary approaches relying on child care staff to “go it alone” in ensuring radon safety often fall short.

A review of the regulatory landscape reveals specific requirements for radon testing in child care facilities remain scarce in Canada, despite their existence elsewhere. The authors argue, whether through regulations, licensing requirements or ministry-funded programs, a comprehensive approach to radon safety in child care settings is needed to protect both children and staff.

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For more information:

Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher and Paralegal (and co-author of above-noted article) kcooper@cela.ca 705-341-2488