A Note from the Director

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Dear Reader,

Since 2015, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Throughout January, employers will help identify and eliminate radon exposure hazards at their workplaces across the nation. You can participate in this effort by testing the radon levels at your worksite or implementing EPA recommended radon-resistant building techniques throughout your operation.

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas released from the natural breakdown of rock, soil, and water. You can’t see radon, and you can’t smell or taste it, making it virtually undetectable to the human senses. Overexposure to this gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, 2020). If not correctly managed, occupants of any building can be exposed and suffer serious health effects as a result.

Employers operating in industries that utilize uranium, phosphate fertilizers, or underground trenches are at high risk of overexposure to this radioactive gas. The only way to determine the radon levels your workforce is exposed to is by testing.

Our mission remains to help small employers create safer workplaces in Florida. For more information on how you can protect your workforce or request a no-cost, confidential on-site hazard assessment please visit usfsafetyflorida.com or call toll-free (866) 273 1105.

Stay Safe,

Dr. Brian L. Warrick, PhD, CSP, CIH
Program Director
USF SafetyFlorida