Sensibilisation au radon : le pouvoir de travailler ensemble

In the spirit of “Working Together,” how can we best support organizations and individuals working to raise radon awareness? As associations that unite professionals with a common interest, both CRPA and the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) know that we’ll get further by forging partnerships, playing to our strengths, and—when it comes to awareness—not giving up! It takes consistent effort over time to see results.

Recently, CARST has been focusing our radon awareness efforts on the workplace. A recent article in the CRPA Bulletin aimed at CRPA professionals (Radon in the Workplace – Are You Protected?) asked how many of you knew the status of your own workplaces ; despite your radiation expertise, are you working in a high radon environment and being exposed to unnecessary radiation? This is a question that should be on the minds of those responsible for workplaces across Canada.

Recently, Health Canada published a series of Radon Action Guides [1] for both provinces and municipalities. CARST lost no time in sending letters to each of the provincial and territorial ministers of labour to draw their attention to how they might better protect workers and ask whether they’ve taken the simple first steps of measuring for radon in provincially owned workplaces. The Radon Action Guides identify numerous places where provinces can take advantage of existing policies and guidelines to protect workers from radon, but it will take consistent effort on the part of many radon stakeholders to enact change at the provincial level.

Of course, the danger posed by radon isn’t limited to workplaces. Every home needs to be tested for radon, no matter the type of home or the prevalence of radon in the region. Community testing programs across the country are routinely proving that more radon testing is needed.

Take Action on Radon is a national initiative, funded by Health Canada, to bring together radon stakeholders and raise awareness about radon across Canada. Their 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge [2] has now tested almost 100 communities, and the reports show that radon in many areas is more prevalent than initial estimates presumed. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of stakeholders across the country, a growing number of communities are now taking radon awareness into their own hands and adding radon information to their websites or distributing free radon test kits every fall. [3]

This April, CRPA presented a continuing education course for radon professionals at CARST’s 12th annual radon conference that took a deeper dive into radiation. CARST is looking forward to presenting at CRPA’s conference this May to talk about the work we’ve been doing, specifically the lessons learned and data gleaned from Take Action on Radon’s 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge. Maintaining a dialogue between CRPA and CARST and lending our complementary expertise to groups across the country, is truly the best way to support not only radon awareness, but our members as well.


[1] In October 2022, Health Canada published a series of radon action guides:

  • Radon Action Guide for Municipalities
  • Radon Action Guide for Provinces and Territories
  • Radon action in Municipal Law
  • Justifications and Policy Rationales for Radon Action

The guides were produced to help municipalities, provinces, and territories develop programs and policies to address radon. They describe broader radon planning and strategy development, and include appendices with examples and specific guidance to help formulate policy and regulatory change.

[2] The Take Action on Radon: 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge targets municipalities across Canada where radon testing has thus far been limited, but where there is a potential for homes to have elevated radon levels. The program will provide up to 100 test kits to each participating municipality, to be distributed to citizens for free.

[3] November is Radon Action Month.



Dans l’esprit de « Travailler ensemble » (le thème du congrès 2023 de l’ACRP), Erin Curry, directrice régionale de l’Association canadienne des scientifiques et des technologues en radon (ACSTR), demande comment nous pouvons mieux soutenir les organisations et les individus qui travaillent à la sensibilisation au radon. Elle dit qu’en tant qu’associations regroupant des professionnels ayant un intérêt commun, l’ACRP et l’ACSTR savent que nous irons plus loin en forgeant des partenariats, en jouant sur nos forces et, en matière de sensibilisation, en n’abandonnant pas! Il faut un effort constant au fil du temps pour voir des résultats.


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Erin est ingénieure mécanique et dirigeait auparavant sa propre entreprise d’inspection de bâtiments et de mesure du radon. Elle est présentement directrice régionale de l’Association canadienne des scientifiques et des technologues en radon (ACSTR) et chef de projet du programme « Occupe-toi du radon ». Pour soutenir les membres de l’ACSTR, Erin apporte une richesse de connaissances et d’expériences pratiques. Localisée près de Montréal, au Québec, Erin est la ressource francophone pour toutes les initiatives de l’ACSTR.

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