Radon Discussion

Originally Posted By: ajalowsky
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I received the following via email:

Radon Professionals - Working together - Sharing information for the common good.

The importance of workplace exposure to radon is an area that is often overlooked. A brief list common of occupations that have the potential for high 222Rn progeny exposure include:

* Mine workers, including uranium, hard rock, and vanadium
* Workers remediating radioactive contaminated sites, including uranium mill sites and mill tailings
* Workers at underground nuclear waste repositories
* Radon mitigation contractors and testers
* Employees of natural caves
* Phosphate fertilizer plant workers
* Oil refinery workers
* Utility tunnel workers
* Subway tunnel workers
* Construction excavators
* Power plant workers, including geothermal power and coal
* Employees of radon health mines
* Employees of radon balneotherapy spas (waterborne 222Rn source)
* Water plant operators (waterborne 222Rn source)
* Fish hatchery attendants (waterborne 222Rn source)
* Employees who come in contact with technologically enhanced sources of naturally occurring radioactive materials

Obviously, incidental exposure in almost any occupation from local geologic 222Rn sources can present a significant hazard across most of the sectors identified.

We now have the opportunity to have input into future occupational health research. See see below and offer input.

For the past nine years, The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) has served as a framework to guide occupational safety and health research - not only for The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) but for the entire occupational safety and health community. Now NIOSH seeks your help in creating the new NORA. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/default.html and http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/intro.html

As the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) approaches a 10-year milestone, NIOSH is requesting your assistance in planning for the future of occupational safety and health research for the nation. During the next several months, NIOSH and our partners will be conducting over a dozen public meetings throughout the country to address regional and sector-specific needs in occupational safety and health research. We request your input on identifying specific diseases, injuries, exposures, populations at risk and needs of the occupational safety and health systems.
What kinds of information might be useful for NORA?

Based on experience gained in the first decade of NORA, the following types of information may help identify the top problems within sectors:

* number of workers at risk
* seriousness of the hazard
* probability that new information and approaches will make a difference.

Many issues are common across multiple sectors and may have a critical influence on our ability to solve top problems. During the first decade of NORA, research priorities were defined in terms of issues that typically were common to more than one sector.

The first three town hall meetings include a focus on the construction sector; the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector; and a more general regional session in Iowa. The town hall meetings are structured so that any occupational safety and health topic can be considered. The details concerning the three initial meetings are as follows:

Regional Session
Monday, December 12, 2005
University of Iowa College of Public Health
Iowa City, Iowa
9:00AM ? 12:00 Noon Central Time

Construction Sector
Monday, December 19, 2005
University of Chicago School of Public Health
Chicago, Illinois
9:00AM ? 5:00PM Central Time

NORA Town Hall Meetings 2005-2006
Date Location Sector
December 5 Maryland Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities

December 12
Iowa Regional meeting
December 19 Chicago Construction

January 17
Seattle Agriculture
January Houston Healthcare & Social Assistance

Mississippi Regional meeting
February Tampa Wholesale/Retail

Salt Lake City Mining
February Philadelphia Services


San Diego

Regional meeting

Troy , Ohio Manufacturing

D.C. Wrap-Up

The public meetings are open to all employers, workers, professional societies, organized labor, researchers, health professionals, government officials and other interested parties. Please join us to make a five minute presentation describing a significant occupational safety and health problem affecting your geographic area or sector-specific issues. Everyone is invited to speak, but to ensure adequate time for all, speakers must register at the http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/townhall/details.html to be added to the agenda.

All presentations will be entered into the NORA Docket, and will be used by NORA Research Councils to help shape sector-specific and related cross-sector research agendas for the nation. If you cannot participate in or attend one of the public meetings, you can submit your comments online at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora.

These meetings are the first of many public meetings which will occur in the months preceding the NORA Symposium (April 18-20, 2006 in Washington, DC). I encourage TO COMPLETE THE FORM AT THIS SITE ESPECIALLY UNDER SECTIONS 9 AND 10. http://www2a.cdc.gov/niosh-comments/nora-comments/input.asp