Sunday, October 16, 2011

Radon Continuing Education Conference - November 05, 2011 - Cincinnati, Ohio

The Ohio Association of Radon Professionals and the Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health announce a Fall, 2011 Radon Continuing Education Conference.

Saturday, November 05, 2011
07:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Crown Plaza Hotel
5901 Pfeiffer Road
Cincinnati, Ohio

Upcoming changes in both Ohio and Kentucky rules and regulations are pending implementation.  This is your opportunity learn about these changes if you are conducting radon testing or mitigation in Ohio or Kentucky.

In addition, Joanne Westwood of Westwood Virtual Associates, LLC will be making a presentation on Social Media Marketing.

Eight hours of Ohio CE credits will be awarded.  Four hours of Category II NEHA CE credits will be awarded.

Cost: $115.00 for non-members and $75.00 for members.  Seating is limited!

Mail a check (made out to "OARP") to:
Tracey Capuano
6058 Lancashire Trail
Liberty Township, OH 45044

Please include your name, company name, and email address.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is just off I-71 in Blue Ash, Ohio.  It is less than a two hour drive from Columbus and about 30 minutes north of Northern Kentucky.  There is a Subway and a Bob Evans within walking distance of the hotel.  The hotel does have a lunch buffet for $9.95 available to attendees.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Radon Continuing Education Conference - March 26, 2011 - Columbus, OH

Register Now!

Ohio Association of Radon Professionals
Spring 2011 CE Conference

Saturday, March 26, 2011
8 AM - 5 PM
Quest Business and Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Pace
(Polaris Exit @ I-71)
Columbus, Ohio


Registration deadline: March 22, 2011
Sign-in and continental breakfast at 7:30-8:00 AM




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Company: ________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________

City: _________________________ State: __________ Zip: __________

Email: __________________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________________________________________

Copy, paste into a word processing program, print, fill out, and send with your check (made out to "OARP") to:

TRACEY CAPUANO
6058 LANCASHIRE TRAIL
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH 45044

OARP Member Cost: $75              Non-member Cost: $100

Reservations are limited!
Checks must accompany registration.
Registration information and payment must be received by March 22!
(OARP Federal ID: 55-0884795)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

OARP Spring CE Conference - Agenda


Saturday, March 26, 2011
Quest Business and Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Pace
(Polaris Exit @ I-71)
Columbus, Ohio



Morning

0730-0800 Registration and Continental Breakfast
0800-0815 Welcome (Dick Manning)
0815-0945 ODH Update
0945-1000 Break (coffee service)
1000-1100 Quality Assurance (Dr. Phil Jenkins)
1100-1200 Radon Testing & Mitigation from a Real Estate Agent's Perspective (Doug Burley)

1200-0100 Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon

0100-0215 Radon Amazement
0215-0300 Panel Discussion-Question and Answer Forum for Radon Mitigation and Testing
0300-0315 Break (cookies, water, soft drinks)
0315-0430 Panel Discussion - Continued
0430-0500 Conclusion (Dick Manning)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Capitol Steps to Radon Action!

  • When:    January 26, 12:00 noon
  • Where:   Capitol Steps at Columbus, Ohio - and others
  • Why:      Increase Radon  Awareness thus  Saving Lives
  • What:     Imagine a gathering in each state wearing "REDUCE RADON" Tees!  

Join Radon TEE

 Join the effort by emailing radontee@cansar.org

AARST is kicking off the Radon Tee World Trek 2011 on January 26 by appearing on the Capitol Steps in Washington, DC while AARST members do the same on Capitol Steps across the country. You can help us raise public and political awareness by participating in your state. Please go to CanSAR Capitol Steps by clicking on the link at the title.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sample Press Release: Radon Action Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: [Point of contact’s name and phone number]

PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY’S HEALTH IN THEIR HOMES
RADON – A SILENT KILLER

Citizens Urged to Test Homes for Radon, the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in U.S.

[Your city, state, date] — [Organization] is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families. In our community, [organization] is conducting [briefly describe local radon action activities] during National Radon Action Month in January.

Radon is present at elevated levels in about [X]% of [area] homes (info available from your state radon office). Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air, but which can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. Scientists have long been concerned about the health risk of radon, but never before has there been such overwhelming proof that exposure to elevated levels of radon causes lung cancer in humans.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Radon is the leading second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. “However,” says [spokesperson] from [organization] “because you can’t see or smell radon, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their homes.”

Testing homes for elevated levels of radon is simple and inexpensive. Radon test kits can be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores or directly from radon testing companies. Many are priced under $25.00. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of many common home repairs such as painting or having a new water heater installed.

[Organization] urges [community] residents to take action during this year’s National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon. Radon poses a serious threat to our community’s health but there is a straightforward solution. For more information on radon, radon testing and mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction, call [organization] at [organization’s phone number] or visit our Web site at [organization’s Web site], or visit EPA’s National Radon Action Month Web site at www.epa.gov/radon/nram.

National Radon Action Month Information

By hosting radon awareness activities in your community, you are joining the Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign to double the number of lives saved from radon-induced lung cancer. NRAM on RadonLeaders.org and the EPA website offer a great opportunity to promote your activity and get exposure for your important work! 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

National Radon Action Month: January

National Radon Action Month is in January. In an effort to help you promote radon awareness in your area, OARP has teamed up with the Ohio Department of Health.
For templates for you to use to promote radon to your local media, email alexia@athomeradon.com. These include:

  • 30 & 15 second Public Service to send to your local radio stations
  • A featured article for your local newspaper
  • A sample letter to the editor to your local newspaper
  • A sample radon info sheet to give to the public
  • A list of all the counties in Ohio that are offering free test kits
  • The Ohio Department of Health’s Outreach brochure
  • The OARP/EPA Fact Sheet for Radon Action Month
You can also find a complete event planning kit for National Radon Action Month at http://www.epa.gov/radon/nram/partners.html.
We also encourage you to find connections locally to people who will help you advocate for radon testing in your area. These people include doctors, previous customers, those who have experienced lung cancer from radon exposure, and Realtors who encourage radon testing.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OARP Board Of Directors & Officers

Name - Term Expiration - Position

Tom Jessup – 2011
Dana Mallernee – 2011
Heather Pryor – 2011
Dick Manning – 2011 - President
Alexia Workman - 2011 - Immediate Past President (Executive Committee)
Tracey Capuano – 2012
Susan Finegan – 2012
Terry Thomas – 2012 - Treasurer
Al Perry – 2012 - Secretary
Rich Spraggs – 2012 - Vice President

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2010 International Radon Symposium and Training Conference

SAVE THE DATE:
October 17-20, 2010
2010 International Radon Symposium and Training Conference

Columbus Convention Center and Downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, Ohio.

Sponsors:
Conference for Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD)
American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Ohio Association of Radon Professionals (OARP)
Ohio Department of Health (ODH)

ODH radon licensees can obtain up to eight hours of continuing education credit for each day of attendance.

Additional information will be provided in the upcoming months.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Continuing Education Seminar - October 17, 2009 - Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio Association of Radon Professionals (OARP) is hosting an eight (8) hour continuing education seminar on Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the Quest Business Center (8405 Pulsar Place - on I-71 near Polaris) in Columbus, Ohio.

The conference will feature sessions on "Radon-Resistant New Construction" and "Tactics & Green Building Codes" by Harry Grafton (Environmental Consultations, Columbus, Ohio).

Other topics include "Tackling the Media with a Persuasive Message" and "Strategies for Radon Action Month by Melinda Zempher (Oak Tree Communications), "Ohio Department of Health Update" (ODH representives) and "AARST National Symposium Re-cap" (OARP members).

Cost:
OARP Members: $75.00.
Non-members: $100.00.

Registration Deadline: October 5, 2009.

Registration/availability questions:
Heather Miltenberger (513-752-9111 or heather@macparan.com).

Content questions:
Alexia Workman (513-562-8378 or alexia@athomeradon.com).

OARP Federal ID #: 55-0884795.

Registration form: print this post, fill-in the following, and mail to:
OARP
3959 Fulton Grove Road
Cincinnati, OH 45245

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Radon Continuing Education Conference: October 17, 2009


The Ohio Association of Radon Professionals is sponsoring an eight hour continuing education conference in Columbus, Ohio at the Quest Business Center (Polaris area) on Saturday, October 17, 2009.

Approximate time will be 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM.

2009 Officers and Directors

Officers (2009):
President: Alexia Workman
Vice President: Tom Jessup
Treasurer: Larry Fawcett
Secretary: Heather Miltenberger

Directors
Larry Fawcett (2008-2009)
Heather Miltenberger (2008-2009)
Rich Spraggs (2008-2009)
Alexia Workman (2009-2009)
Liz James (2009-2010)
Tom Jessup (2009-2010)
Al Perry (2009-2010)
Terry Thomas (2009-2010)
Fritz Tresso (2009-2010)

Thanks to the new officers and directors for serving.
And - a special thanks to outgoing officers and directors for serving.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Annual Meeting: Monday, August 03, 2009 at 07:30 PM EDT

An annual meeting of the OARP Membership will take place online at gotomeeting.com on Monday, August 03, 2009 At 7:30-8:30 PM EDT.

Members should have received instructions on how to register by July 25, 2009. Pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

If there is not a quorum, the President will adjourn the Membership Meeting and a Director’s Meeting will take place.

We have volunteers for officer positions for 2009. Election of new officers will be finalized at the Director’s Meeting.

OARP Directors:
Larry Fawcett - Huron, OH (2008-2009)
Liz James - Columbus, OH (2009-2010)
Tom Jessup - Piqua, OH (2009-2010)
Heather Miltenberger - Cincinnati, OH (2008-2009)
Rich Spraggs - Piqua, OH (2008-2009)
Terry Thomas - Norton, OH (2009-2010)
Fritz Tresso - Perrysburg, OH (2009-2010)
Alexia Workman - Cincinnati, OH (2008-2009)
Al Perry - North Canton, OH (2009-2010)

Suggestions from OARP if you have not participated in a Webinar: sign in and call the phone number (as explained in the confirmation email you will receive after registration) 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Use your phone's MUTE button if there is background noise at your location (and be sure to UNMUTE when you want to speak). Regarding browsers: Internet Explorer and Firefox work seamlessly with gotomeeting, but you may experience trouble with Chrome. We will not be able to diagnose connection problems (if any) during the meeting. If you are having problems, just listen in on the audio portion of the meeting on your phone.

We hope you can participate and look forward to a productive meeting!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

OARP Member List

The attached document includes dues-paid (up through 06/30/2009) OARP members.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Radon Testing In Schools: CE Seminar May 01 and 02, 2009

The Ohio Association of Radon Professionals presents Radon Testing In Schools - a comprehensive training program from preparation through to the follow-up. Also included will be sessions on updated QA/QC plans from the Ohio Department of Health and Air-Check device use in schools.

Friday, May 01, 2009 - 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM (8 hours of CE)

Radon Testing In Schools
Cost: $100.
Continental breakfast and lunch is included.
Aullwood Audubon Center - Dayton, Ohio.

Saturday, May 02, 2009 - 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM (8 hours of CE)

ODH Updates and Air-Check Device/Scanner Usage
Cost: $100.
Continental breakfast and lunch is included.
Aullwood Audubon Center - Dayton, Ohio.

The cost to attend both days is $150* for OARP members!

*This discounted rate is limited to OARP members who have registered and paid in advance. The discounted fee will not be available to walk-ins or for those who have not paid in advance. If you are not a member of OARP, you would like to join, and will be attending both days - send a check for $200 ($50 for OARP membership up through 4/30/2010 and $150 for the two-day conference). Please note that membership in AARST is required in order to be an OARP member (OARP is a chapter of AARST).

Reservations are required and is limited to 40 attendees per day. Preference will be given to existing dues-paid OARP members. Send a check today to reserve your spot at one or both days.

Location: Aullwood Audubon Center, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton, OH 45414. The Aullwood Audubon Center is minutes from Exit 29 on I-70 (one exit west of the Dayton Airport).

For registration/availability questions, contact Heather Miltenberger at 513-752-9111 or heather@macparan.com. For content information, contact Gail Manning at 937-438-5686 or gmanning1@woh.rr.com.

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I will be attending Friday, May 01: ______ ($100)
I will be attending Saturday, May 02: ______ ($100)
*I will be attending both days: _____ ($150)
OARP Membership Dues: _____($50)
TOTAL: $________

Make check payable to OARP and send by Monday April 27, 2009 to:

Heather Miltenberger
3959 Fulton Grove Road
Cincinnati, OH 45245

OARP Federal ID: 55-0884795.



Monday, February 02, 2009

National Radon Poster Contest - 2009 Winner

Pictured here is the winning submission from Ohio, which was selected as the 3rd Place National Winner.

The National Safety Council, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sponsored the 2009 National Radon Poster Contest for children ages 9-14 to generate interest, enthusiasm, and action about radon safety and to increase the number of homes tested for radon.

Below is a list of this years Radon Poster Contest Winners.

National Winners:

First Place
Shana, Age 10, Georgia

Second Place
Raquel, Age 13, Florida

Third Place
Gurbani, Age 13, Ohio

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Continuing Education Conference: Radon Mitigation of Commercial, Large Buildings, and Schools

The Ohio Association of Radon Professionals announces a Fall, 2008 Continuing Education Conference.

Saturday, November 08, 2008
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Quest Business Center
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, Ohio
800-909-7665

Please note that this has been rescheduled from October 04 and the cost to attend has been significantly reduced.  The Quest Business Center is located on I-71 northeast of Columbus at Exit 121 (Polaris Parkway).

Topic: "Radon Mitigation of Commercial, Large Buildings, and Schools". The eight hours of training will be provided by Bill Broadhead.  Mr. Broadhead is President of WPB Enterprises (Riegelsville, PA), a well-respected radon specialist, and a pioneer and continuing innovator in the radon filed.

The cost is $150 per person and $100 per person for OARP members.

Eight hours of continuing education credits will be awarded.

Send registration information (print the form below or send a business card) and a check to:

OARP
Attn: Gail Manning
2663 Orchard Run Road
Dayton, OH 45449

Checks must accompany registration due to costs to provide this training.

The deadline for registrations is Saturday, November 01, 2008.

For more information, call 937-438-5686.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

OARP Dues Notice

Dues of $50.00 for the period of July, 2008 through June, 2009 are due. Please send a check (made out to "OARP") to Rich Spraggs, 1949 Beckert Drive, Piqua, OH 45356-4403.

Thank you very much; your support of OARP is appreciated!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

AARST Position Statement: Granite Countertops and Radon Gas

From the Science and Technical Committee of the American Association
of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST)

August 4, 2008
Radon Risk:
The primary concern about indoor radon gas is the increased risk of lung cancer that exists from breathing radon and its byproducts. The magnitude of the risk depends on the radon concentration in the air you breathe and how long you are breathing it. Radon gas is a serious national concern. The risk of radon-related lung cancer increases the longer you are exposed although any exposure to radon poses some risk.
Testing for radon in the air you breathe should be a high priority and the first step for anyone concerned about radon gas. The US Surgeon General, US EPA, AARST and the American Lung Association recommend that all homes be tested for radon gas.
At this time, the EPA does not believe sufficient data exists to conclude that the types of granite commonly used in countertops are significantly increasing indoor radon levels.
Radon Sources Including Granite:
Soil, sand, and rock underneath the home are the primary sources of indoor radon gas. The soil under a house always contains traces of uranium that eventually decays into radium that then decays directly into radon. This soil constitutes an enormous surface area for release of radon gas into the air and into buildings. Materials inside a building such as concrete, granite, slate, marble, sand, shale and other stones can also contain traces of radium that release radon with varying intensities. While natural rocks such as granite may emit some radon gas, the subsequent levels of radon in the building that are attributable to such sources are not typically high. The contribution from building materials to the indoor radon concentration is very dependent upon the building ventilation rate.

Appropriate Radon Testing Methods:
Direct measurements in a building of the gamma radiation or radon emanation from a material, such as granite, is not a reliable indicator of radon concentrations that will be in the air you breathe. Attempts to use such measurements for estimating risk are subject to large errors due to the:
  1. wide variability of radon emanation rates across the surface of granite.
  2. significant variability in ventilation rates from home to home and room to room.
  3. volume of space that the building material is contained in.
This position statement does not address the risk, if any, of gamma radiation from indoor building materials.
Practical Diagnostic Test:
  • Diagnostic measurements of the radon in the air you breathe can provide better risk estimates.
  • Perform a radon measurement according to testing protocols (specified by EPA or AARST as noted below) in the lowest level (or lived-in level) of your home.
  • At the same time, perform another test in the room where the granite countertop or other suspect building material exists. You may also want to test in a highly occupied room, like your bedroom. (Use different rooms if these locations are on the same floor.)
  • Place the test devices at least 20 inches off the floor according to testing protocols and at least 20 inches away from the countertop or suspect material. Carefully follow all manufacturers’ test kit instructions.
  • You may also contact a State licensed or nationally certified radon measurement professional to conduct the measurements for you.
  • If any of the test results are at or above the EPA recommended action levels retest these areas to confirm the initial results.

Interpreting Radon Test Results:
For guidance on test results and protocols for measurements of radon in the air, see documents such as EPA’s Citizens Guide to Radon or other EPA publications at
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs. Other information and publications for measuring radon in the air for home and multi-family dwellings can also be found at http://www.aarst.org/.
If confirmed measurements are at, or above, the EPA recommended action levels, contact a State licensed or nationally certified mitigation professional to fix the home to reduce the radon levels.
Reducing Radon Concentrations:
The best approach to reduce radon in the home is to install an active soil depressurization system (ASD) and reduce the entry of radon coming from the soil. In some cases, increasing the entry of outdoor air to the home is an appropriate method to reduce radon levels by dilution and improve indoor air quality. Both of these methods require a qualified radon mitigation professional to design and install the appropriate radon reduction system. Only in extreme cases would removal of the granite be necessary to reduce the radon concentration, assuming appropriate measurements confirm it as the significant source.

In Conclusion:
Testing the air you breathe is the best method to determine your risk from radon, whether the source of the radon is from the soil or from a material inside the building.
We support peer-reviewed research to identify and quantify the contributions of various building materials to indoor radon concentrations.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

GREEN UPDATES FOR REAL ESTATE, BUILDING, AND RADON PROFESSIONALS

Green Updates for Real Estate, Building, and Radon Industries

Date: Friday, August 29, 2008

Location: Aullwood Audubon Center Auditorium
1000 Aullwood Road
Dayton, Ohio 45414

Agenda
8:30 am Registration, Continental Breakfast
9am Participating in the Green Movement
Barb Yankie, President
Green Building Consulting, LLC & Homes +, Inc.
11am Break
11:15 Radon and Indoor Air Quality:
The Builder’s Point
Mike Kegley, Co‐Owner BOLD Homes
12pm Lunch (provided)
1pm Radon in the Building Code
Jeffrey S. Tyler, AIA,CBO
Director of Building Standards,
City of Dublin
1:15 Green Building Means a Safe Building:
Reducing Radon Risks Through
Proper Radon Mitigation Practices
Joshua J. Kerber, MS
Ohio Department of Health
1:45 EcoBroker® Certification
and the Green Realtor
Tim McDonald, Realtor with RE/MAX
Unlimited and Certified EcoBroker®
2:15 Break
2:30 Radon & Mold: Myths & Facts!
Alec Hagerty, Speaker/Trainer
Real Estate Broker
3:30 WrapUp
Gail Manning
President, Ohio Association of Radon Professionals
Owner, Pro‐Test
ODH licensed Radon Specialist
4pm Adjourn

CEU Approval Pending for Real Estate and Radon Professionals

Visit www.rapca.org for CEU and Session Updates

Green is the new buzz word, and the home market is no exception! Learn how you can better serve your clients in the areas of green home building, green building legislation, and reducing your risk when assisting clients with green aspects of real estate transactions.

Register Today—Space is Limited!
Name:_______________________________________________________________
Address:_________________________________________________
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Phone Number:_________________________________________
Email:____________________________________________________
Company:________________________________________________
I am a Member of the Following Industry:
_ Real Estate
_ Building/Construction
_ Radon
_ Government
_ Other __________________________________________
_ Registration Fee of $25.00 (cash or check, please) enclosed

Please send registration and payment to:
Ohio Association of Radon Professionals
Attn: Gail Manning
2663 Orchard Run Rd.
Dayton, OH 45449

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 25

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

EPA Radon Document Revision

Click on the link below access to the draft document (you will need the user name and password for access). The US EPA intends to replace the Home Buyers and Sellers Guide, Citizens Guide, and Consumers Guide to Radon with a revised document.

Please submit comments.

www.cadmusgroup.com/dev/radon_publication

User Name: CadmusGuest

Password: Steelhead*

Thank you,

Gail Manning
OARP President

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Radon Forum and Workshop - Reminder!

The Radon Licensing Program of the Ohio Department of Health along with the Ohio Association of Radon Professionals (OARP), the U.S. EPA, and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) will be conducting a RADON STAKEHOLDERS FORUM AND WORKSHOP on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11 at the Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Click on the above link ("Radon Forum and Workshop - Reminder!") or go to www.crcpd.org/R5RSF.asp for information and a registration form. If you have any questions about the registration process or the Radon Forum, please contact Sharon Bowen of the CRCPD at 502-227-4543 ext. 2229 or Michael Murphy of the U.S. EPA at 312-353-6686.

Please note that registration and payment is due by Tuesday, April 1, 2008!

You will be able to obtain either eight hours or 16 hours of credit depending upon your choice of one or two days of attendance. The cost is $40 for both days or $25 for either one-day session which includes snacks and drinks during breaks. Lunch and parking will be on your own.


The format for this Forum will be the same as used at national radon meetings. The U.S. EPA from Washington D.C. and Region V, Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), and other speakers from the national level will be represented.Thursday (04/10) topics include a welcome session by the USEPA and the ODH, a keynote presentation by Bill Field (tentative), "Radon-Safe Homes Save Lives", "Radon and Real Estate", "Radon and the Builder Industry", "Introduction to Jared's Law", and "Creating a Radon Leadership Network in Region V".Friday (04/11) topics include "Radon Leaders Saving Lives - the Role of the Medical Community", discussion sessions, "Leaving in Action - Action Plans for Saving Lives in Region V", and afternoon sessions by the Ohio Department of Health on "Jared's Law" and "Radon Testing in Schools". OARP members who responded to our June, 2007 membership drive will be partially reimbursed for attending the Forum.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Brennan Curry - Ohio Radon Poster Contest Winner

An article in the Middletown Journal on 12/13/2007 by Megan Gildow describes the event as follows:

Local student wins state poster contest - Brennan Curry's entry on the dangers of radon gas will be entered in a national competition in Washington, D.C.

When Brennan Curry walked into the Highview Cafe Wednesday afternoon, he was excited for what he thought was a "Box Tops for Education" pizza party. Sitting at a red table, he cheered along with his fourth-grade classmates from Lynda Goecke's class, never suspecting his family, Tricia, Roger and 4-year-old Madelyn, along with his grandparents, Helen and John d'Entremont, were hiding around the corner.

Minutes later, he learned the pizza party actually was in his honor.

Brennan, 9, was chosen from 66 entries as the winner of statewide poster contest promoting radon awareness.

"I can barely even eat," he said, surrounded by friends and family after the announcement.

Brennan's mom didn't tell him he had won when she found out two weeks ago, she said.

"He's been asking about it," Tricia said. "He beat out middle school kids," Roger boasted proudly. "Middle school and high school kids were in there. It was awesome."

Art teacher Sharon Brown, who brought cupcakes to the celebration, said the school's staff worked together to help the kids enter the contest. "We could win nationals," she said.

As Ohio's first-place winner, Brennan's poster, which features a house and a tree with the warning "get your house checked," will be entered in a national competition in Washington, D.C., said Gail Manning, president of the Ohio Association of Radon Professionals. She was at Highview Wednesday along with Elizabeth James from the Ohio Department of Health Radon Division and Kelli Stewart from Regional Air Pollution Control, the agencies sponsoring Ohio's contest.

The poster contest is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of exposure to radon gas. "You should get your house checked," said Brennan, who said he draws every night before bed. "If you don't, you can get very sick."

Contact Megan Gildow at (513) 705-2805 or mgildow@coxohio.com.

2008 Radon Poster Contest Winner

Thanks to the efforts of Gail Manning, OARP President and the members of OARP, Brennan Curry, a 4th-grade student from Highview Elementary School in Middletown, Ohio received First Place in the Ohio contest.
Lower picture: First Place National winner (Sara, age 13, Florida).

Click on the above link to learn more.
The National Safety Council, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sponsored the 2008 National Radon Poster Contest for children ages 9-14 to generate interest, enthusiasm, and action about radon safety and to increase the number of homes tested for radon.
Over 70 entries were received. Gail, Liz, and Kelli chose the 3 winners and they come from 3 separate parts of the state of Ohio, Middletown, Minford, and West Liberty. Liz James (Ohio Department of Health) and Kelli Stewart (Regional Air Pollution Control Agency) helped judge entries. RAPCA donated a savings bond and sponsored a pizza party at Brennan's school. RAPCA framed a copy of his poster and presented it to him at the pizza party.

Gail recommends OARP sponsor the contest again this year. RAPCA has already volunteered to participate again.


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AARST Conference

AARST Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, September, 2007.
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OARP Meeting

Gail Manning snapped this picture of Dick Manning, Tom Jessup, Larry Fawcett,, Rich Spraggs, and Craig Schimming on February 04, 2008 at the recent OARP meeting in Columbus while Marybeth Rich of the Ohio Department of Health was giving a presentation on Jared's Law.
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Radon Hero of the Year

Dan West, an OARP member, receives the "Radon Hero of the Year" award at the AARST Conference, September, 2007. Congratulations, Dan!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Radon Stakeholders Forum and Workshop: April 10-11, 2008

The USEPA Region V, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Association of Radon Professionals will be conducting a RADON STAKEHOLDERS FORUM AND WORKSHOP on Thursday, April 10th and Friday, April 11th at the Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Sixteen (16) hours of ODH Radon Licensing Continuing Education will be given for your full attendance at this two day meeting. The cost is $40 for both days which includes snacks and drinks during breaks. Lunch and parking will be on your own. Hotel information will be forthcoming along with registration forms and an agenda.

The format for this Forum will be the same as used at national radon meetings. The USEPA from Washington D.C. and Region V, Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), and other speakers from the national level will be represented.

Thursday (04/10) topics include a welcome session by the USEPA and the ODH, a keynote presentation by Bill Field, "Radon-Safe Homes Save Lives", "Radon and Real Estate", "Radon and the Builder Industry", "Introduction to Jared's Law", and "Creating a Radon Leadership Network in Region V".

Friday (04/11) topics include "Radon Leaders Saving Lives - the Role of the Medical Community", discussion sessions, "Leaving in Action - Action Plans for Saving Lives in Region V", and afternoon sessions by the Ohio Department of Health on "Jared's Law" and "Radon Testing in Schools".

More information will be provided as it becomes available. OARP members who responded to our June, 2007 membership drive will be partially reimbursed for attending the Forum.

The CRCPD is handling registration and forms will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Friday, January 11, 2008

January is Radon Action Month!

Click on the above link to learn more about Radon Action Month.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Member List

Click on the above link ("Member List") to see a listing of OARP members as of January 09, 2008.

OARP BYLAWS

Click on the above link ("OARP BYLAWS") for the Bylaws of the Ohio Association Of Radon Professionals (2004 revision).

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

General Membership Meeting - February 04, 2008 - Columbus, Ohio

There will be an OARP General Membership meeting on Monday, February 04 at 6:30 PM at Panera Bread (3625 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, Ohio, 614-876-9900) to announce the results of the vote for Directors for the 2008-2009 term. Members and guests are encouraged to attend for the dinner meeting. A meeting of the Directors will follow to discuss OARP business and the Spring, 2008 CE conference (open to general membership and guests). The meeting will be conducted by Tom Jessup if Gail Manning is not present.

OARP members should have received a BALLOT FOR DIRECTORS by January 08, 2008. Please vote for up to four (4) nominees to serve as OARP Directors for the 2008-2009 term. Directors for the 2007-2008 term are Gail Manning, Wendell Montgomery, Woodie Moss, Terry Thomas, and Fritz Tresso. Instructions on how to vote are included in the mailing.
Nominees to serve as OARP Directors for the 2008-2009 term are:
  • Larry Fawcett - Huron, OH
  • Heather Miltenberger - Cincinnati, OH
  • Rich Spraggs - Piqua, OH
  • Alexia Workman - Cincinnati, OH
Please note: only dues-paid members of AARST and OARP are eligible to vote.

If you have any questions about the meeting or the ballot, contact Tom Jessup (937-778-0538) or Rich Spraggs (937-773-9901).

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A History of Radon - 1470 to 1984

Click on the above link ("A History of Radon- 1470 to 1984") for a survey of radon history over time presented by Robert K. Lewis of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Radiation Protection, Radon Division at the 2006 National Radon Meeting.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ohio Department of Health Radon Licensing and Renewal Packet

Click on the above link to view the ODH radon licensing and renewal forms and instructions. If you get your renewal application sent in prior to 90 days before your license expires, you will not have a problem with your renewal unless you did not meet any of the OAC requirements for renewing your license.
This is a 48 page document, so select to print the forms/pages that you want. More information is available at the ODH website.

Nominations for Directors

Nominate yourself or another OARP member for one of the four OARP Director positions that are open for the 2008-2009 term.

Please submit via email to Tom Jessup at radonplus_at_woh.rr.com (substituting the "_at_" with "@") no later than Sunday, October 28, 2007.

The full listing of present directors is as follows (open positions in boldface type; the year in parentheses indicates director position term expiration):
  • Sue Brindle (2008) (moved out of state)
  • Larry Fawcett (2007)
  • Tom Jessup (2007)
  • Gail Manning (2008)
  • Wendell Montgomery (2008 )
  • Woodie Moss (2008)
  • Rich Spraggs (2007)
  • Terry Thomas (2008)
  • Fritz Tresso (2008)

AARST: President's Achievement Award



Dick and Gail Manning received a standing ovation recognizing their thirty years of dedication to radon risk reduction as they jointly received the AARST President's Achievement Award. It was presented by Bill Angel at the AARST International Radon Symposium in Jacksonville, Florida (September, 2007).



Fall CE Conference, October 06, 2007, Columbus, Ohio

"You won't get your attendance certificate until you turn in a questionnaire", said Gail Manning.










Heated discussion over what constitutes "without renovation".



















Trudy Smith explaining distribution channels.



















Josh Kerber and Marybeth Rich emphasizing the importance of good record-keeping.



Gail and Marybeth don't want to get too close in case someone realizes they have the same outfit on.
Congratulations OARP Members! Ten years of professionalism and service to the radon industry in Ohio.
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Sunday, September 09, 2007

OARP Fall CE Conference Information and Registration Form

Click on the above link for The Fall CE Conference Information and Registration Form.

The Ohio Association of Radon Professionals will have Fall Continuing Education Conference on Saturday, October 06, 2007 at the Quest Business Center in Columbus, Ohio (8405 Pulsar Place - near the Polaris Fashion Mall - just northeast of Columbus on I-71). The conference will be worth eight hours of radon continuing education credit. Registration information was mailed on September 09, 2007. Registration forms and checks ($95 per person) must be received by Saturday, September 29, 2007.

The agenda includes a four hour presentation on marketing the radon message to real estate professionals. Course handouts will include a ready-made presentation tailored to agents.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM and certificates will be distributed at 4:00 PM.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Fall Continuing Education Conference Announced

The Ohio Association of Radon Professionals will have Fall Continuing Education Conference on Saturday, October 06, 2007 at the Quest Business Center in Columbus, Ohio (8405 Pulsar Place - near the Polaris Fashion Mall - just northeast of Columbus on I-71). The conference will be worth eight hours of radon continuing education credit. Registration information will be mailed in early September.

OARP Dues

Dues of $50.00 for the period of July, 2007 through June, 2008 are due. Please send a check (made out to "OARP") to Rich Spraggs, 1949 Beckert Drive, Piqua, OH 45356-4403.

Thank you very much; your support of OARP is appreciated!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Brochure Distribution Clarification

Brochures are available at the price of $25.00 per 100 (not 25, as stated in the recent mailing). This price includes postage. Send a check for $25.00 (made out to "OARP") to Rich Spraggs, 1949 Beckert Drive, Piqua, OH 45356-4403.

25 brochures will be distributed to each OARP member who attends an OARP-sponsored continuing education conference. In other words, if you're an OARP member, you get 25 brochures for going to a OARP-sponsored conference. Additional brochures can be purchased at a conference at the price of $20.00 per 100.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Brochures!



Revised brochures are available. 25 brochures will be distributed to each member who attends a conference. The brochures are available for $25 per 100 (postage included). Contact Rich Spraggs if you would like to order brochures.




Sunday, February 04, 2007

Radon Continuing Education Conference: Columbus, Ohio on MONDAY, March 19, 2007

The Ohio Association of Radon Professionals will co-sponsor eight hours of radon continuing education in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health’s “Midwest Workshop” at the University Plaza Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio on Monday, March 19, 2007. Registration information was mailed during the third week of February.

Please note: this date is changed from the previously-announced date. Monday, March 19th is the correct date.

Directors and Officers







The full listing of directors is as follows:


Sue Brindle (2008) 937-434-5636 - brinsk at yahoo.com

Larry Fawcett (2007) 419-433-2383 - lfawcett at buildingspecs.com - Treasurer, 2007

Tom Jessup (2007) 937-778-0538 - tjessupjr at woh.rr.com - Vice President, 2007

Gail Manning (2008) 937-438-5686 - gmanning1 at woh.rr.com - President, 2007

Wendell Montgomery (2008 ) 513-777-0010 - wcm_mhic at voyager.net

Woodie Moss (2008) 304-679-2045 - wwmoss at casinternet.net

Rich Spraggs (2007) 937-773-9901 - rspraggs at woh.rr.com - Secretary, 2007

Terry Thomas (2008) 330-825-9140 - thiltd at earthlink.net

Fritz Tresso (2008) 419-874-6313 - fritzt-607 at sbcglobal.net


(Please substitute "@" for "_at_" when sending an email. The year in parentheses indicates Director position term expiration.)

Election Results for Director Positions

Congratulations to Sue Brindle, Gail Manning, Wendell Montgomery, Woodie Moss, Terry Thomas, and Fritz Tresso. Thank-you for serving for the 2007-2008 term.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

General Membership Meeting: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:30 PM

There will be an OARP General Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:30 PM at Spageddies Italian Kitchen (3873 Park Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, OH; 614-529-9455) for the purpose of announcing the results of the election for Directors (2007-2008 Term).

A Director's Meeting will follow to elect officers for 2007. We will also be planning the March CE Conference. Members and friends are invited. Please let Rich Spraggs know by Sunday, January 14 if you'll be attending (email or 937-773-9901).

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Liability Insurance Coverage is Available Through AARST

InterContinental Insurance Brokers and American Safety Insurance Services have a Radon Insurance Program for AARST members. The program provides specialized coverage for radon professionals who meet the high standards of excellence established by AARST. AARST members who are either NEHA-NRPP certified or State Licensed are eligible for this package which includes coverage that for the first time protects mitigators from certain forms of roofing liability. Also packages may be purchase at extended terms to lock in rates for longer than one year. Contact Albert P. Everts, II, ARM - InterContinental Insurance Brokers, LLC, 175 Federal Street, Suite 725, Boston, MA 02110-2202; Phone: 617.443.1992 (Main Switchboard); 617.757.4013 (Direct Dial); Fax: 617.423.7853; E-mail: ale@iibweb.com

Key Radon Messages for the Press and Public:

Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer
* After smoking
* Class “A” carcinogen based on human data
* Surgeon general: former and current smokers at especially high risk
* Number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers
* Only way to treat lung cancer is to prevent it

Radon Health Risks are Preventable
* One of the most serious environmental health risks in the nation
* 1 in 15 homes may have high levels

High Risks to Smokers and Former Smokers
* Risks may be 10 times greater
* Non-smokers still at risk

Individual Action is Key
* It’s within your control to protect your family
* Test now – call 1-800-SOS-Radon

Easy to Test
* Test your home for radon
* Only way to know is to test
* Do-it-yourself kits cost below $25
* Most homes won’t have a problem
* Use a state certified testing lab

Homes with Problems Can Be Fixed
* Straight-forward Solutions
* Cost Similar to Other Home Repairs
* How Homes can be Built Radon-Resistant

What to Do If Your Home Has a Radon Problem
* Don’t panic; virtually all homes can be fixed
* Call 1-800-644-6999
* Use a state certified radon contractor to fix your home

Buying a Home
* Make sure your home has been tested for radon
* Ask your builder if radon-resistant features were built into your new home

Selling a Home
* Test your home prior to selling
* A radon problem does not have to complicate a home sale
* Radon problems do not decrease the value of a home

January is Radon Action Month!

January is National Radon Action Month - a time when individuals, states and other organizations join with EPA in stepping up activities and events to increase awareness about radon, promote testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction.

As you firm up your own plans for organizing events in observance of National Radon Action Month in the coming weeks, please use EPA's Website to help promote your event. For example, you can post radon awards ceremonies, radon proclamation signing ceremonies, and other community events that are part of your radon outreach activities. The National Radon Action Month Website will also enable you to view other events around the country. With your active and timely participation, together, we can create a national map that promotes your specific event to the public, supports linkages among event organizers, and showcases our nationwide radon outreach efforts. Please submit your event and help make the most of this new feature on EPA's Website.


For information on Radon Action Month (January), go to www.epa.gov/radon/rnactionmonth.html .

To submit an event, go to
http://www.epa.gov/radon/rnactionmonth.html#Share_Your_Activities .

You can also view activities in your state by going to the map directly at
http://www.epa.gov/radon/rnactionmonth.html#Radon_Events_in_Your_Area . You can click on the drop-down for a specific state, or click on the map.

For more information, contact Gina Bowler (Special Assistant to the Director, Indoor Environments Division, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, US Environmental Protection Agency) at: 202-343-9206; fax: 202-343-2394, or E-mail: bowler.gina@epa.gov .

Return ballots for OARP Director positions by Saturday, January 06, 2007

The deadline to return ballots for OARP Director positions is Saturday, January 06, 2007. Ballots will be mailed by early December, 2006.

OARP General Membership Meeting: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:30 PM

There will be an OARP General Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:30 PM at Spageddies Italian Kitchen (3873 Park Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, OH; 614-529-9455) for the purpose of announcing the results of the election for Directors (2007-2008 Term).

A Director's Meeting will follow to elect officers for 2007. We will also be planning the March CE Conference. Members and friends are invited. Please let Rich Spraggs know by Sunday, January 14 if you'll be attending (email or 937-773-9901).

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Radon Continuing Education Conference: Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, October 14, 2006

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
The Fawcett Center (the Clinton Room)
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio

Sign-in begins at 8:00 AM. The featured presentation will by Alec Hagerty (ABR-M, C-CREC, CRB, DREI, SRES; R/E Broker, Speaker/Trainer, Consultant, Author; http://www.knowledgespongeseminars.com/) on the science of the DiSC program. This is a tool to determine what different personalities like and don't like, and how you deal with, and communicate successfully to the four different personalities. It's a fascinating and fun program suited to radon professionals and home inspectors, as they have to deal with a broad range of "personalities". This kind of program will open your eyes to some fascinating insights, including your own close personal relationships. DiSC profiles will help you reduce interpersonal conflict, improve customer service, build productive teams and organizations, and develop effective employees and managers. For nearly 30 years, DiSC's unique approach to learning, called DiSC Dimensions of Behavior, has unlocked the door to productive communication and relationships for over 40 million people.

Other presentations will be by Marybeth Rich (ODH Update), Dick Manning (AARST Update) and there will be a Roundtable Discussion.

The fee for the seminar is $75.00 per person (which includes the DiSC Workbook, morning and afternoon beverages, and light snacks).
Eight hours of radon continuing education credits will be granted.

Lunch (11:45 AM to 12:45 PM) will be on your own. There are numerous restaurants nearby (a map will be provided) and Oxley’s Restaurant within the Fawcett Center.

The Fawcett Center (2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210; 614-292-1342; http://www.fawcettcenter.com/) is situated just 15 minutes northwest of Port Columbus International Airport and within a 10-minute drive of downtown Columbus. From the East & Port Columbus International Airport: Take 670 West to State Route 315 North. Follow State Route 315 North to the Lane Avenue exit. Go East (a right turn) on Lane Avenue. Take Lane Avenue to Olentangy River Road (second traffic light). Turn North (a left turn) on to Olentangy River Road. The Fawcett Center is the first driveway on the East (right) side of Olentangy River Road. From the North: Take either I–71 or State Route 23 South to I–270 West. Take I–270 West to State Route 315 South. Follow State Route 315 South to the Lane Avenue exit. Go East (a left turn) on Lane Avenue. Take Lane Avenue to Olentangy River Road (second traffic light). Turn North (a left turn) on to Olentangy River Road. The Fawcett Center is the first driveway on the East (right) side of Olentangy River Road. From the South: Take either I–71 North to State Route 315 North, OR State Route 23 North to I–270 West to State Route 315 North. Follow State Route 315 North to the Lane Avenue exit. Go East (a right turn) on Lane Avenue. Take Lane Avenue to Olentangy River Road (second traffic light). Turn North (a left turn) on to Olentangy River Road. The Fawcett Center is the first driveway on the East (right) side of Olentangy River Road. From the West: Take I–70 East to State Route 315 North. Follow State Route 315 North to the Lane Avenue exit. Go east (a right turn) on Lane Avenue. Take Lane Avenue to Olentangy River Road (second traffic light). Turn North (a left turn) on to Olentangy River Road. The Fawcett Center is the first driveway on the East (right) side of Olentangy River Road.

If you have any questions, please email Rich or call 937-773-9901.

Mail your registration form with your check for $75.00 per person made out to OARP to Rich Spraggs, 1949 Beckert Drive, Piqua, OH 45356-4403. Seating is limited (preference will be given to OARP members). Registration forms and checks must be received by Monday, October 9, 2006! The OARP Federal ID number is 55-0884795. The fee for guests is $75.00 per person.