Radon: For professionals
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Epidemiological studies confirm that there is a risk of radon-induced lung cancer from indoor radon levels found in homes and public buildings across Canada. Health professionals are a respected and trusted voice, so encourage your patients to take action to reduce their radon exposure.
Your patients may ask you about the health risks of radon and the need to test their homes. McMaster University’s MacHealth has developed an accredited continuing professional development course to help you answer questions and provide guidance.
Health Canada provides free resources, brochures and publications online that you can share with your patients. You or your patients can also contact one of our radon specialists. They can explain how to:
- test the radon level in homes
- reduce the radon level in a home or building
- Radon – Another Reason to Quit
- Radon (Canadian Cancer Society)
- Home safety for your kids sake campaign
- Radon and health (World Health Organization)
- Radon and your health (Canadian Lung Association)
- Radon: Is it in your home? Information for health professionals
- Radon resources for health professionals (Take Action on Radon)
- MacHealth – Accredited online learning course on radon (MacHealth)
Real estate professionals
Real estate professionals are a trusted source of information for homebuyers and sellers
Health Canada can help you support your clients in navigating this serious health issue.
Test before selling
Most homes will have a low radon level, but the only way to know is to test for it. Recommend that the seller test for radon and mitigate if necessary before they sell. This will enable them to include the low radon level as a selling feature.
- Radon in real estate
- Purchase a radon test kit (Take Action on Radon)
- Find a radon measurement professional (Take Action on Radon)
- A Homeowner’s Guide to Radon (PDF, 4.6MB) (The Canadian Real Estate Association) (English only)
Measurement and mitigation professionals
There are many different trades and professionals involved in the radon industry.
Health Canada recommends that all radon measurement and mitigation professionals be certified through the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program.
- Radon guideline
- Radon long-term test instructions
- Radon – Reduction Guide for Canadians
- Guide for radon measurements in public buildings
- Guide for Radon Measurement in Residential Dwellings
- Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologist
- Cross-Canada Survey of Radon Concentrations in Homes – Final Report
- Reducing Radon Levels in Existing Homes: A Canadian Guide for Professional Contractors
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