OAR 581-022-2223 requires that all school districts, education service districts and public charter schools develop a
Healthy and Safe Schools for all buildings owned or leased by the agency. ln compliance with this Oregon
Administrative Regulation, the following plan has been submitted to the Oregon Department of Education by the Douglas
What is radon?
Radon gas is a naturally-occurring byproduct of the radioactive decay of Uranium in the soil. Depending on your geographic location, the radon levels of the air you breathe outside of your home may be as high as 0.75 pCi/L ( picoCuries per liter of air). The national average of outside radon levels is 0.4 pCi/L.
What is an acceptable level of radon gas?
Radon Act 51 passed by Congress set the natural outdoor level of radon gas (0.4 pCi/L) as the target radon level for indoor radon levels. Unfortunately two-thirds of all homes exceed this level. The US EPA was tasked with setting practical guidelines and recommendations for the nation. To this end, the US EPA has set an action level of 4 pCi/L. At or above this level of radon, the EPA recommends you take corrective measures to reduce your exposure to radon gas. This does not imply that a level below 4.0 pCi/L is considered acceptable, as stated in the BEIR VI study. It is estimated that a reduction of radon levels to below 2 pCi/L nationwide would likely reduce the yearly lung cancer deaths attributed to radon by 50%. (Air Radon, 2019)*.
Air Radon. (2019, 12 12). Air Radon. Retrieved from Air Radon: https://www.radon.com/radon_levels/
Drinking water at Douglas ESD sites in Douglas County and Jackson County has been tested by Umpqua Research Company in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. All results indicated lead and copper levels meet or exceed safety standards. Copies of the results available upon request.
Integrated Pest Management Plan (Refer to ESD Policy EBB)