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Radonova Launches a New Product for Safe Radon Monitoring in Soil

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Radonova Laboratories is launching a new detector that makes it safer and easier to monitor radon in soil. The new Ecotrak® detector can be used ahead of new builds and property modernisations and provides quick, reliable information on the amount of radon in the soil being tested.

Unlike other commonly used soil detectors, Ecotrak® is covered by international comparative tests. The detector is supplied in a Tyvek bag, which protects against moisture, dirt and other factors that could affect the result.

Ecotrak® does not have to be returned for immediate analysis, rather it can be collected and stored at stockists for a short period. This enables more streamlined handling and means that detectors from several different monitoring periods can be sent for analysis at the same time.

“Monitoring radon in soil is relatively simple. The challenge is to monitor it in such a way as to provide a reliable result. In part, this means that the product itself has to be high quality and able to withstand the stresses that are part and parcel of monitoring in soil. However, it also means using an accredited laboratory that takes part in international tests. This enables us to carry out fact-based comparisons with large amounts of reference data,” says Karl Nilsson, CEO of Radonova Laboratories.

“With the new Ecotrak offering we are  making it simpler and safer than ever to monitor radon in soil. No matter what type of construction is involved, there’s value in understanding the radiation source in the ground, and propensity for elevated radon emanations. What’s more, in some cases the local building committee requires a study into radon levels before granting building permits. Should monitoring show that the site is what’s termed ‘high risk’, construction methods can be modified, including radon barriers and other preventative methods,” says Bill Rounds, President at Radonova.

Ground radon in brief

Uranium and radium are the two elements that contribute to the levels of radon gas found in soil. Levels of radon gas can vary widely depending on the type of soil. As a general rule, the airier the soil composition, the higher the level of radon. Conversely, a more compact composition makes it more difficult for the radon to circulate in the soil.

Ecotrak® in brief

  • Covered by stringent international comparative studies
  • Not sensitive to moisture (large amounts of water do, however, affect the results)
  • Supplied in a protective Tyvek bag
  • Can be collected and stored for a short period (for efficient handling of multiple measurements)
  • Monitoring usually takes place over one to seven days
  • Can be used all year round (provided the soil is free of frost)
  • The recommendation is to use at least three detectors for the first 100 m² of the site where the property or construction will stand, and then it’s a good idea to have at least one extra detector per extra 50 m².

For further information about the new Ecotrak® detector, contact Radonova here»

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Bill Rounds Promoted to President at Radonova Group

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Bill Rounds has been promoted from Vice President, Americas and Australia, to President within the parent Radonova Group AB, a global enterprise with offices and partnerships in numerous countries across the world.

In addition to Bill’s existing responsibilities which include sales, operations and P&L for Radonova, Inc., Bill will now also focus on the global strategy for the group moving forward, as well as supporting colleagues’ sales efforts in Europe, Asia and Africa. Through R&D and product development, Radonova is currently broadening its range of radon measurement technologies to meet new international market needs and regulatory requirements.

“Widening Bill’s scope of responsibilities strengthens our position globally and strategically supports our aggressive growth plans for new markets. It is our intention to become the de facto supplier of radon measurement technologies worldwide. Bill brings to the table a unique combination of management, operations, sales and marketing and strategic planning skills, which is why we are delighted that he has taken up this new leadership role. His proven track record in the sector means that we are bullishly optimistic about short and long-term revenue prospects. These are exciting times at Radonova,” said Karl Nilsson, CEO of Radonova Group. 

Bill’s trade association/NFP/NGO positions include the Executive Board Member and Treasurer at the AARST Foundation, the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST), the Midwest Relocation Council (MRC), and the Corporate Relocation Council (CRC). Bill is also President of the Board of Directors of Radonova, Inc.

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.

For more information on radon and radon measurement visit www.radonovalaboratories.com

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

Radonova Selected as the Testing Laboratory Supporting the Evict Radon Campaign in Alberta, Canada

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Westmont, IL, United States, January 29, 2019Radonova, the global leader in Radon measurement, today announced that it has been selected as the testing laboratory for the Evict Radon province-wide campaign in Alberta, Canada. To date, over 15,000 Alberta homes have been tested. Evict Radon is designed to increase awareness about radon-induced lung cancer and encourage Western Canadians to have their homes tested. Processed in Radonova’s laboratory, the results from a 90+ day test are then taken forward by researchers to understand how our environment influences our radon exposure and health.

Radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking and the leading cause in non-smokers. Young people and children are more vulnerable to radiation as they have higher respiratory rates than adults. However, consumer knowledge on how to detect Radon and meaningfully reduce exposure is low.

Evict Radon is a confederation of Canadian cancer researchers and scholars founded to understand Canada’s radon problem through science and eradicate radon exposure in homes to prevent future cases of radon-induced lung cancer. This confederation encompasses Canadian medical doctors, biologists, geologists, physicists, architects, clinical psychologists, communications professionals, and population health experts with a strong track record of innovation, public outreach, and cancer prevention research.

The team innovatively combines grassroots science engagement and citizen science-based research to prevent cancers. Evict Radon is led by Dr. Aaron Goodarzi, an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, who is the federally-appointed Canada Research Chair for Radiation Exposure Disease.

Dr. Aaron Goodarzi said: “It is very straightforward to test for radon. A radon test device is smaller than a hockey puck and requires no electricity. You simply place it in the lowest level of the home where someone spends more than four hours a day. Early findings from our study indicate that in rural Alberta, one in six homes are impacted. Right now, we have one Albertan a day diagnosed with radon-induced lung cancer. If Alberta were a country, it would be among the top five on Earth, in terms of radon-exposed populations.”

High River Mayor Craig Snodgrass said: “I’d heard people talking about radon gas in Alberta, but I really didn’t give it a lot of thought until my wife wanted us to test for it. Now, we’ve become advocates of testing, and I’d like to see other mayors in our province encourage their citizens to test for the gas.”

Bill Rounds, President of Radonova, said: “Radon is an invisible, odourless and tasteless gas that can accumulate to unnaturally high and dangerous levels in our homes. Evict Radon is a ground-breaking campaign, which can be used as a template to identify other regions where Radon exposure is high. This will consequently help prevent unnecessary cases of radon-induced lung cancer. As the only global ISO accredited radon measurement provider, we’re fully committed to working with Dr Goodarzi’s team to ensure the project gets accurate results in a timely and professional manner to ensure the concept can be confidently rolled out to other regions.”

The radon kits used in the study costs $60 and are available here. Devices must be purchased by the end of January for the testing to be completed during the winter. Evict Radon re-opens every fall for radon testing.

For more information on radon gas, click here to watch Dr. Goodarzi’s recent Tedx talk.

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About Radonova

Radonova, Inc., formerly Landauer Radon, Inc., was born out of Landauer, Inc. (NYSE:LDR), a pioneer in radiation dosimetry. Dating back to the early 1980’s Landauer began manufacturing and analysing alpha track detectors (ATD) under the brand name Radtrak.  Radtrak quickly became the industry standard for radon testing in the United States.

The new company, Radonova, maintains a high profile within the global radon community, and has been 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 has measurements in over 50 countries worldwide and has performed millions of measurements. For more information visit https://radonova.com.

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Radonova acquires Gammadatta Radon Division

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Radonova Expands North American Service Offering with Gammadata Acquisition

Through the acquisition of the radon measurement instrument division of Gammadata Instruments, Radonova has further strengthened its position as a world leader in home and workplace radon measurement. As demand for radon measurement increases in the North American region, Radonova has taken the strategic decision to broaden its range of radon measurement technologies by adding several advanced instruments and products to its portfolio.

Since 1987, Gammadata has developed and manufactured radon instruments. It has developed three state-of-the-art radon monitors which are used in the industrial market:

  • ATMOS is a radon sniffer that measures indoor radon levels and identifies the entry point into a building. The instrument utilizes pulsed ionization chamber technology which enables it to measure radon levels quickly and accurately, presenting results instantaneously.
  • MARKUS measures radon levels in soil. Portable and battery powered, the instrument is able to identify high radon concentrations.
  • ROBIN is an industrial radon sensor for ventilation applications such as air handling units, roof fans and radon evacuation fans. It measures radon air levels and converts the concentration to a proportional output signal. The sensor can be connected to a fan controller, PLC or any other analog input signal device.

By expanding its capabilities, Radonova is proactively responding to the global demand for safe and efficient radon measurements in homes and workplaces.

Bill Rounds, President of Radonova, said: “As we continue to expand aggressively into new markets, its imperative that we broaden our measurement capabilities to enable us to fulfill new requirements. ATMOS is arguably the world’s most sensitive radon sniffer.  Being able to offer this type of innovation and advanced technology provides us with a real competitive advantage, and is a significant value-add to our client base.  The future of our service deliver offering is bright.”

Rounds continues: “Workplace radon measurement is now becoming the norm, which is why we are always looking to enhance and diversify our radon measurement program to meet new market needs and regulatory requirements.”

Dag Sedin, Founder and Senior Advisor at Gammadata, said: “As we are now part of Radonova Laboratories, there is enormous potential for intensifying our research to ensure that we continue to deliver the most innovative radon instruments and sensors available on the market. Radonova provides us with a great platform to further develop the new product lines we have in the pipeline. The first of these will be an update to the ATMOS radon sniffer. In addition, Radonova has an established export network that will provide numerous new opportunities for growth when new products are released.”

For more information on radon and radon measurement visit www.radonova.com

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

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Radiation Pioneer – Marie Curie

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Marie Curie was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. She was the youngest of 5 children and both of her parents were well known teachers. In 1891, Curie enrolled in physics, chemistry, and mathematics at the University of Paris.

Discovery of Polonium and Radium

Starting in 1896, Curie began running tests on uranium rays. She performed her tests using an electrometer. As a result, Curie would soon learn that uranium rays conduct electricity in the air around them. Thus, she hypothesized that radiation was not caused by interactions between atoms but from the atom itself. Curie’s findings were a crucial step in proving that atoms were divisible.

In 1898 Curie found two new elements. Polonium was the first and named for her home country Poland. Followed by Radium, named for the Latin word radius, meaning ray. Additionally, Curie coined the term “radioactivity”, due to the electrical contact between the new elements and the air around them.

In 1903, Curie was awarded a Nobel Prize in physics. She was the first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize. Shortly after, Curie took a job as physics chair at the University of Paris. She became the university’s first woman professor. In 1909, fearing that Curie would quit, the University of Paris helped Curie to create the Radium Institute. It was here that Curie was able to isolate radium. Furthermore, she defined an international standard for radioactive emissions named for her late husband, the curie.

Marie Curie was awarded a second Noble Prize in 1911. This time for chemistry and her discovery of polonium and radium. Curie was the first person to receive 2 Nobel Prizes. To this day she is still 1 of only 2 people to achieve this.

Death

Marie Curie passed away at the age of 66. The harmful effects of radiation were not known at this time. Thus, Curie had no idea the toll her studies were taking on her. Handling radium and performing x-rays during the war ultimately lead to her death. In 1995, her remains were moved to Parthenon in Paris. Curie became the first woman to be honored with interment in the Parthenon. As of 2015, 3 woman have had this honor.

To this day, Curie’s papers from 1890 are still considered to dangerous to handle. Therefore, they are held in special lead lined boxes. Due to their level of contamination, people wishing to read them must wear special protective clothing.

Radon and Alpha Track Tests

While studying radium, a gas was found emanating from the atom. Radon, became the fifth radioactive element discovered. Moreover, radon gas kept its radioactivity. Consequently, radon was given a Group 1 carcinogenic grade. Simply put, it is known that radon causes cancer..

Radonova manufactures alpha track radon tests. Devices are made of a plastic housing and a CR39 chip. Detectors are placed in homes, schools, and workplaces. Air containing radon enters the detector. Alpha particles leave the atom at a such a speed they leave tracks on the CR39.

Similarly, radon is inhaled in the air we breathe. Thus, particles will damage lung tissue when leaving the atom in your lungs. For that reason, radon is the highest leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

University of Calgary Radon Study – Ted Talk

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Dr. Aaron Goodarzi is the head of the Evict Radon program through the University of Calgary. For the past few years they have provided radon test kits to Alberta residents for research pertaining to DNA damage and how that can cause and predict cancer.

Recently, Dr. Goodarzi gave an excellent Tedx talk on radon gas and his project. In a well delivered presentation he makes the dangers of living in a home with high radon levels very clear and easy to understand. Sometimes the bigger message of radon causing lung cancer is glossed over when scientists talk science to other scientists and the average resident or homeowner, the people most susceptible to this Class 1 carcinogen, often do not fully grasp the dangers or what exactly a high radon level means for them and their families.

Without pulling any punches on the severity of lung cancer, Dr. Goodarzi compellingly addresses radon in a manner digestible by everyone from the sharpest person in the room to the person hearing about radon gas for the first time.

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Radonova Kick Off 2018 – Berlin

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Sorry we missed a blog last week – we were in Europe meeting with some of our European coworkers for Radonova’s 2018 Kickoff in Berlin. It was a great week filled with educational sessions, sightseeing, a lot of history, team-building, and spending some quality time with many of our global colleagues.
Take a look at some of the photos our US team captured throughout the fun-filled week.

 

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Successful BC First Nations Radon Test Project with Assistance from ‘My Pages’

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Created in 2013, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in British Columbia, is a first of its kind Indigenous-led health service delivery organization that works closely with federal and provincial partners to integrate health programs for “healthy, self-determining, and vibrant BC First Nations children, families, and communities.” With radon awareness steadily growing in British Columbia, FNHA decided to begin testing on-reserve homes and has completed the second phase of a residential radon monitoring project to gather data and create awareness within its reserve communities. Currently there is little information available about the impact of radon on health for on-reserve populations but many high radon risk factors are present in the communities including poorer housing conditions.

400 test kits were deployed through this program with over half being deployed directly in FNHA’s Interior Region. Utilizing Radonova’s proprietary RadOnline customer web portal (radonova.com/mypages), the project team achieved an astounding 92% response rate.  Reported results indicate that over 10% of the homes tested have elevated radon levels above Health Canada’s guideline of 200 Bq/m³.

This testing project was conducted with assistance from the Public Health Agency of Canada through the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, with significant outreach performed by the Interior Health Authority’s Environmental Health Officer, Greg Baytalan, and truly made possible by the contributions of the First Nations communities and staff.

Read the First Nations Report Here

Radon Entry Points – Basement

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Many homes have basement areas. Whether finished or not there is always a potential for radon to enter your home through the basement. Not all homes will have every radon entry point shown, but the image shows the most common ones. Any one of these entry points could contribute to a high radon gas level in the home.

Testing for radon is the only  way to know if your home has high levels of dangerous radon gas, a class A carcinogen that causes lung cancer.

Test Your Home Today!