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Schools Should Be Concerned About Radon Just as Much as PCBs in Caulking Materials


EMSL Analytical recommends radon testing schools during cooler months for the most accurate radon results.

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Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that hundreds of schools may have cancer-causing PCBs in caulk around windows and doors. This announcement has caught the attention of school districts across the country.

Another area of concern for schools in many parts of the country is radon gas. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium. It also happens to be a colorless, odorless and chemically inert gas that cannot be detected by human senses.

Long-term exposure to radon can cause cancer according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Lung Association and the National Academy of Sciences. The EPA even reports that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is connected with up to 22,000 deaths each year.

During the cool fall and winter months is an ideal time to have a school tested for radon. During these times school buildings are typically sealed to keep the property heated and this closed environment can increase radon levels.

EMSL Analytical, a leader in providing radon testing laboratory services and products, has a website dedicated to radon which can be found at School administrators across the country can check the radon levels in their geographical regions and even download a radon map.

“EMSL encourages schools to have radon testing performed in their facilities,” reported Joe Frasca, Executive Vice President at EMSL Analytical. “Last year EMSL became one of a few select laboratories to hold radon certifications in all 50 states for analyzing samples and we are here to help school districts provide a safe environment for their students and faculty.”

To learn more about radon or other environmental testing services please contact EMSL Analytical at (800) 220-3675, visit or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and industrial hygiene services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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