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Testing in Oregon Schools

Elevated radon is found throughout Oregon and in a variety of structures. The only way to know if a building has elevated radon is to test!

Under ORS 332.166-167, school districts were required to submit a testing plan for schools to Oregon Health Authority (OHA) by September 1, 2016. Testing must be done before January 1, 2021.

What about charter schools? The school radon statute (ORS 332.167) also applies to charter schools [also subject to health and safety statutes, per ORS 338.115]. Charter school administrators were also required to send radon testing plans to OHA, as described above.

School district's testing plans may be submitted by email, fax or mail to:

Fax: 971-673-0979
Oregon Radon Awareness Program
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 640
Portland, OR 97232-2162

Tools for Schools

Protocol and Plan

Appendices for planning and conducting school radon testing:

  • Radon Test Placement Guide (pdf) - Fillable checklist
    This document has been prepared to help schools and school district conduct radon measurements in schools. It is aimed at helping school districts determine where to test, how many test kits are required, where to place test kits, and proper documentation of the process. This document is meant to be used as a general guideline, not a mandate.
  • Step by Step Planning Guide (pdf) - Fillable
    This fillable document is a recommended guide for determining the number of test kits needed at specific school site. It is intended to be used with the other information in the Protocol and Plan.
  • Radon Testing Log (pdf) - Fillable
    This fillable log can be used for both planning the placement of test kits and recording data when testing of the school actually takes place. An example of the “Test Kit Placement Log” is on page 54 of the Protocol and Plan.
  • Sources of Radon Measurement Devices (Test Kits) (pdf)
    A list of potential vendors from whom schools may be able to purchase radon test kits in bulk.
  • Radon Testing in Schools FAQ (pdf)
    This FAQ was prepared to help schools answer frequently asked questions about testing for radon in Oregon schools. It can be distributed widely.
  • Radon Testing in Progress Sign (pdf)
    This sign may be used by radon measurement teams, as needed, to let school staff, parents and students know that measurement for elevated radon in the school is taking place.

Communications Toolkit

  • Radon in Schools Risk Communication Toolkit (pdf)
    This toolkit can assist Oregon schools communicate radon risk, provide education, and create awareness among occupants and parents while radon activities are being performed. The components include a sample communications plan, frequently asked questions, fact sheet, social media messages and a list of resources.

Toolkit appendices:

Resources

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