Alberta Bill 209 - Radon Awareness and Testing Act. What you need to know as the operator of a daycare/dayhome.
East Calgary MLA Robyn Luff
introduced Bill 209 on November 14, 2017 to address radon awareness and radon safety in child care facilities in the province of Alberta. On December 11, 2017 it passed third reading in the assembly and received Royal Assent on December 15, 2017. The bill has not yet come into force and will do so on proclamation. Although the date of proclamation is currently unknown, with the recent push by the Alberta government for Radon safety proclamation is anticipated to be completed expeditiously and without great delay.
The bill covers two things, education materials ("radon awareness") and forced testing of child care programs ("testing act").
With regards to testing, the bill states the following:
3(1) Prior to a licence being issued or renewed for a child care program under section 4 of the Child Care Licensing Act, the director under that Act shall require an applicant to provide the director with the results of a radon test completed within one year immediately preceding the submission of the application within the premises where the child care program will be provided.
(2) If the results of the radon test completed under subsection (1) exceed the acceptable radon level prescribed by the regulations, the director shall require the applicant to provide a plan to reduce the radon level in accordance with the prescribed standards.
This can be summed up as child care facilities will need to perform radon testing in order to obtain or renew their licenses, and licensed facilities must meet a standard of safety, which likely will be in line with Health Canada's guidelines of 200Bq/m3
If you are a child care facility operator, you should test your facility not only to be in compliance will the regulation but also for your safety and the safety of the children in your care. Remember, lifetime exposure to even a relatively low level of radon of just over 200 Bq/m3
can represent more than a 2% chance of lung cancer
. If you have just 50 children, one of them statistically is being lead to that horrible fate - and that's just the risk for non smokers and at a radon level barely above guidance
Does the child care facility you own or operate have high levels of radon? Testing will soon be mandatory in the province of Alberta as part of a radon safety bill.
For the safety of both staff and children, and in anticipation of what will soon be a mandatory requirement for facility operators, RadonCare is seeking operators who like to take part in our proactive testing program. The testing is be conducted by a technician certified by the Canadian Radon National Proficiency Program and lab analysis is performed by certified radon analysis laboratories. The results are issued to the facility operator in an official report that will be recognized by the province of Alberta for the compliance will Bill 209. If as result of testing it is determined that your facility has radon level above guidance, part of the fee from testing can be applied towards mitigating
your facility to bring it below 100 Bq/m3
, if you choose to mitigate. Testing results will be considered confidential however we strongly
encourage you to share results with parents and guardians. A certificate of compliance will be issued to facilities show to have levels below 200 Bq/m3
and facilities under 100Bq/m3
will be issued a RadonCare certificate of ultra low radon environment, whether those levels are naturally occurring levels or are obtained as result of a radon mitigation system. A printed certificate is issued to the facility operator as well as a link for online verification.
If you would like to take part of this program send us a message using online webform.
You can also reach us by email or by phone 1-844-723-6622.