State-of-the-Art Radon Training Facility Built at Rutgers

State-of-the-art radon training slab at Rutgers.

State-of-the-art radon training lab at Rutgers.

Rutgers recently redesigned and constructed a cutting-edge radon training lab for hands-on learning.

For over 25 years, the Eastern Regional Radon Training Center (ERRTC) at Rutgers University has been providing professionals throughout the country with training in radon measurement and mitigation. To offer students an even better learning experience, the ERRTC opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art training facility on Cook Campus in July 2015.

“Watching the new radon training facility being built from the ground up has been really interesting,” said Program Coordinator Pamela Springard-Mayer. The new facility was used for the first time by students attending a Radon Mitigation class this summer.

In the past, the hands-on portions of the Rutgers three-day Radon Mitigation Proficiency Course were taught at Rutgers’ Environmental Health and Safety Building in Piscataway, affectionately known as the “slab.” For many years, the mock crawl space and attic at the slab did a great job of mimicking the conditions of real-world vapor intrusion situations; however, the building was getting dingy and dusty with age. Regardless of its interesting military history, the slab needed a face-lift. [Read more…]

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US Trotting Body Backs Cobalt Study

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Two Solutions That Cut Down on Fossil Fuels

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Rutgers Researchers Working On Cobalt Study

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