The US National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) has been working in co-operation with Health Canada to set up a new Canadian radon certification program for radon professionals and radon testing laboratories. The new program is known as the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP), and its requirements are mainly based on Canadian radon guidance. AARST and NRPP have been working with radon professionals at the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, as well as experienced educators and technical resources within our organization and at Health Canada, to make this transition as smooth as possible. AARST and C-NRPP have formed a cooperative partnership to consolidate industry resources and save lives.
C-NRPP office: (603) 835-2247
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has a history dating back to 1937 for developing and administering national credentials in environmental health. Through years of experience NEHA has demonstrated that a successful credential program must involve both a policy board and a technical board.
First, the public has to have confidence that the credentialing body is developing and executing policies that are impartial and in the best interest of the consumer. Secondly, the public has to have confidence that certified individuals have the technical skills to adequately perform the services for which the credential attests they are capable. Any misgivings that a consumer may have regarding the credential or the individual can easily detract from the perception of a need to treat the hazard, particularly in the field of radon due to the voluntary nature of the program in many jurisdictions.
In 1986, the US EPA (EPA) began a proficiency program for all companies involved in the field of radon measurement. This program was called the Radon Measurement Proficiency (RMP) and was administered by Research Triangle Institute (RTI). In the early 1990s, EPA developed a program for measurement and mitigation individuals (the RMP for individuals and Radon Contractor Proficiency, RCP). A third party, ICF Consulting Group, administered these individual proficiency programs. In 1995, the two programs for individuals and the RMP for companies were merged into the National Radon Proficiency Program (RPP), which was administered by Sanford Cohen & Associates (SC&A). In the mid-1990s EPA made a formal announcement that the RPP was going to be “privatized”. After that announcement NEHA along with a number of other national radon partner organizations participated in stakeholder meetings that were held around the country. Through these stakeholder meetings the “Draft Criteria for the Certification of Radon Service Providers, the Accreditation of Radon Chambers and Laboratories, and the Approval of Measurement Devices” was developed. NEHA was approached by a significant number of stakeholders in this process expressing support for NEHA involvement in conducting the pilot project of the NRPP in order to provide a means to maintain the public’s confidence in the program.
1998 Pilot Test
In May 1998 NEHA submitted a proposal, modeled after the structure and organization of the EPA RPP, to the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) to pilot test the, “Draft Criteria for the Certification of Radon Service Providers, the Accreditation of Radon Chambers and Laboratories, and the Approval of Measurement Devices”. In August 1998, NEHA entered into an agreement with CRCPD, under a cooperative agreement with the EPA, to pilot test a draft radon proficiency program. At the same time NEHA was undertaking to pilot test the draft criteria document, the EPA closed its national radon proficiency program in compliance with the EPA management decision to have this program administered privately, leaving states and consumers without a national radon proficiency program. Thus the pilot project in a sense took over the EPA program.
After pilot testing the program for a period of one year, a final report on the operations, policies, and structure of the pilot was submitted to CRCPD in February 2000. CRCPD accepted the NEHA final report and it’s conclusion that NEHA-NRPP met the standards for a fully operational and effective radon proficiency program as outlined in the Draft Criteria document. Based upon the performance of the NEHA-NRPP during the pilot project, EPA subsequently issued an “equivalency letter” stating that NEHA-NRPP met all operational requirements and was equivalent to the EPA RPP program. Based upon these favorable reports the operation of the NEHA-NRPP continued.
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