Radon Testing

Radon Testing
Anglophone West School District (ASD-W) tests schools for radon as part of its ongoing commitment to the health and safety of students and staff.
The purpose of the testing is to evaluate the levels of radon in order to determine if remedial action is required.
Radon is an odourless, radioactive gas formed from the breakdown of uranium. It has no odour, colour or taste.
Found naturally in the environment, radon is common in New Brunswick. It moves freely through the soil and can seep into buildings through cracks in foundation walls and floors or gaps around pipes and cables.
When released to outdoor air, radon disperses into the atmosphere and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels.
According to Health Canada, the only known health risk associated with exposure to high levels of radon in indoor air is an increased lifetime risk of developing lung cancer. The risk from radon exposure is long term and depends on the level of radon, how long a person is exposed and their smoking habits.
The current Canadian guideline for radon in indoor air for dwellings is 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (200 Bq/m3).Remedial action will take place if any school exceeds the exposure guideline for radon.
Based on the guidelines, 66 of ASD-W schools have acceptable low radon levels. Three schools have mitigation projects in progress:
·         Chipman Forest Avenue School
·         Central New Brunswick Academy
·         Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School
Select the school name below to view its result from the Radon Mitigation Quality Assurance Test. 
NOTE:  Reporting of the results online began this year. Testing results for all schools from previous years is available by contacting the school or ASD-W. 
More information about radon is available from New Brunswick’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Health Canada and the New Brunswick Lung Association. 
 

 Results by school