In addition to educating, exercising, and taking great care of our precious children while we're at work or out running errands, the childcare facilities in Colorado are now required, by law, to test for radon. These provisions, which went into effect on January 14, 2016, were designed to give childcare providers and parents a clearer picture of the health and safety implications of radon gas exposures and to encourage childcare providers to voluntarily take prudent steps to reduce radon concentrations in these facilities. This rule will serve to further raise awareness of the risks of radon gas exposure in Colorado and should help to reduce future lung cancer risk among some of the most vulnerable populations, our children.
The Colorado Board of Health updated the regulations governing Health and Sanitation of Childcare Facilities to include a provision requiring radon testing at all childcare facilities by May 1, 2017. Here is an excerpt of the portion of the new rules involving radon testing:
6 CCR 1010-7, Section 7.14.2, Part H.
By May 1, 2017, radon testing shall be conducted in existing facilities as required by this section pursuant to Department guidance and the procedures described in the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) Protocol for Conducting Radon and Radon Decay Product Measurements In Schools and Large Buildings, 2014, hereby incorporated by reference.
1. New child care facilities opening after the effective date of these rules and regulations shall complete radon tests within six months of occupancy. Child care facilities remodeled after the effective date of these rules and regulations shall notify the Department of such remodeling in order that the Department may assess the need for any additional radon testing.
2. The results of these tests shall be on file at each facility and available for review.
3. This section shall not apply to non building based programs such as mobile school age child care programs.