Applying to Open a Radon Businesses
The certification requirements for radon measurement businesses are found in 64E-5.1206, Florida Administrative Code. And the certification requirements for radon mitigation businesses are found in 64E-5.1207, Florida Administrative Code.
Reporting Measurements >= 100 pCi/L
For measurements >= 100 pCi/l, certified businesses are required to contact the radon program at 1-800-543-8279 or 850-245-4288 within 2 business days. The results of this measurement shall also be provided to the department by certified mail within the same 2 business day period [per 64E-5.1206(12) (c) F.A.C.].
- Radon Measurement Business Certification:
- Radon Mitigation Business Certification
- Engineered Mitigation Systems
The following qualifications are required for certification as a radon measurement business (summary of 64E-5.1206):
(1) Submission of an application form (DH 1749), and the nonrefundable application and certification fee.
(2) Identification of all radon and radon progeny measurement methods or related services to be offered, including the purpose of each measurement service, the type of measurement equipment and a summary of the procedure to be used in performing the service. Measurements reported to clients shall be performed with devices that meet measurement proficiency requirements of the National Radon Safety Board and the National Radon Proficiency Program. Additionally, they need to meet the Radon Decay Product Measurement Device Protocols, Publication No. EPA 402-R-92-004.
(3) Identification of certified radon measurement specialists and certified radon measurement technicians who will perform measurements for the applicant. An applicant shall maintain on staff or retain as a consultant a certified radon measurement specialist.
(4) Identification of proficient analytical service providers which will process devices for all measurement methods used by the business. A radon measurement business must maintain proficiency as an analytical service provider with every measurement method for which it analyzes devices, or obtains results directly from measurement instruments.
(5) Disclosure and adherence to a quality assurance and quality control plan for each measurement method used by the applicant to assure the reliability and validity of radon and radon progeny measurements. This plan shall include provisions to monitor the accuracy and precision of measurements and can include the use of periodic calibrations of instruments, and blank, duplicate and spiked measurements.
(6) Disclosure of all sample reporting forms mailed to clients, including any guidance provided concerning the need for further measurement or mitigation.
(7) Disclosure of copies of current publications and advertisements of radon-related services made by the applicant.
(8) Development, disclosure and adherence to a health and safety program to limit employees’ exposure to radon progeny during the course of employment.
(9) Maintenance of the following records for 5 years:
(a) Records of all radon tests performed;
(b) Records of instrument calibrations and quality control;
(c) Records of participation in a proficiency program;
(d) Copies of certification for radon measurement specialists and radon measurement technicians employed or used as consultants.
(e) Records of specialist site visits and observations and evaluations of technicians.
(10) If a certified radon measurement business loses its certified radon measurement specialist, the certified radon measurement business shall notify the department in writing within 5 business days. The certified radon measurement business shall obtain another certified radon measurement specialist within 30 days of the loss of the certified radon measurement specialist.
(11) Identification of all branch office locations and the certified specialists and technicians at branch locations who will perform measurements for the certified business.
(12) A certified radon measurement business shall provide the following reports:
(a) Shall submit measurement reports to the department by the 15th of each month. If no measurements were taken during a month, the report shall indicate none were taken. Data shall be submitted on DH Form 1750, or DH Form 1833.
(b) The certified radon measurement business shall report measurement results for radon to the client. Radon results shall be reported in picocuries per liter. The report provided to the client shall include the following statements: This notice is provided to you by an organization or individual certified by the Florida Department of Health to perform radon or radon progeny measurements or radon mitigation services. Any questions, comments, or complaints regarding the persons performing these measurement or mitigation services may be directed to the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Health, Radon and Indoor Air Quality, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #A12, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1720 (1-800-543-8279).
(c) In addition, the certified radon measurement specialist or business shall notify the client by telephone and certified mail within 2 business days of any measurement with results equal to or greater than 100 pCi/l or 0.5 WL and advise the client to contact the radon information line at 1-800-543-8279 or at other telephone numbers provided by the department.
(1) Submission of an application form, and a nonrefundable application and certification fee.
(2) Identification of all mitigation materials and systems offered, diagnostic tests performed, and other related services offered.
(3) Identification of the certified radon mitigation specialists and certified radon mitigation technicians to be used by the business.
(4) If a certified radon mitigation business loses its certified radon mitigation specialist, the certified radon mitigation business shall notify the department in writing within 5 business days. The certified radon mitigation business shall obtain another certified radon mitigation specialist within 30 days of the loss.
(5) Identification of procedures and instrumentation used to perform diagnostic tests. This includes description of diagnostic or other testing or evaluation to be performed in the development of the design of your mitigation systems. For engineered radon mitigation systems, what diagnostic tests will be used to determine the appropriate rate of air supply to meet radon reduction goals? What radon instrumentation will be used to perform diagnostic tests?
(6) Disclosure of all reporting forms and system operating instructions provided to clients. Provide a document clearly identified as a sample mitigation report to your client. It generally includes a description of work performed, any observable effects, a statement of warranty pursuant to 64E-5.1207(12), a statement of potential adverse impacts on energy pursuant to 64E-5.1207(16), and other relevant information such as how to contact the mitigator or the department. Additionally include a clearly defined copy of your client sample mitigation report with a copy of your radon mitigation warranty statement. Other things you may include in your documentation are relative humidity guidance. This office and the US EPA state relative humidity should be maintained below 60%.
(7) Disclosure of copies of current publications and advertisements of radon-related services you will use (websites, brochures, etc).
(8) Development, disclosure and adherence to a health and safety program to limit employees' exposure to radon progeny during the course of their employment. Such a program shall include measures to keep each employee's exposure, which shall not exceed 4 working level months per year, as low as reasonably achievable. The certified radon mitigation business shall maintain records showing the radiation exposures of all individuals for whom personnel monitoring is required. Such records shall be kept on DH Form 1834. Records shall be maintained in working level months showing the results of exposure during radon mitigation activities and shall be preserved for 20 years.
(9) The certified radon mitigation business shall maintain on staff or retain as a consultant a certified radon mitigation specialist. The certified radon mitigation specialist shall monitor the applicant's mitigation activities, ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and be responsible for evaluating diagnostic tests in a building and designing mitigation systems. The certified radon mitigation specialist shall be present when requested by the department during scheduled visits by the department and shall physically observe and evaluate each certified radon mitigation technician in the performance of his mitigation duties at least once each calendar quarter to insure adequate supervision.
(10) The certified radon mitigation business shall assure that radon mitigation system installations are performed under the supervision of a certified radon mitigation specialist or certified radon mitigation technician.
(11) The certified mitigation business shall install radon mitigation systems as specified in Chapter 9B-53, F.A.C., Florida Standard for Mitigation of Radon in Existing Buildings, June 1, 1994.
(12) The certified radon mitigation business shall provide all warranty information on the reduction of the radon level, or the proper functioning of mitigation equipment in writing to clients.
(13) The certified radon mitigation business shall ensure that each building is measured for radon levels before and after mitigation work is performed. Such measurements shall be of sufficient type, duration and consistency to allow for comparison of before and after mitigation radon levels shall be performed with devices that meet proficiency requirements of the USEPA measurement proficiency program, and shall be performed by a certified measurement business. The post-mitigation measurements shall be started no sooner than 24 hours after the mitigation system is fully operational. The results of both the pre-mitigation and the post-mitigation measurements shall be sent to the department as specified in subsection 64E-5.1207(18), F.A.C.
(14) The certified radon mitigation business shall maintain at a minimum the following records for 5 years:
(a) Records of all mitigation work performed, including client name, address, initial and follow-up measurement results, diagnostic test results, a description of each mitigation system and materials installed, etc.
(b) Records of mitigation plans developed and signed by a certified radon mitigation specialist.
(c) Records of all instrument calibrations and warranted equipment installed.
(d) Copies of the certification for radon mitigation specialists and radon mitigation technicians employed or used as consultants.
(e) Records of specialist site visits and observations and evaluations of technicians.
(15) The certified radon mitigation specialist or certified radon mitigation technician shall perform a visual inspection and diagnostic tests as appropriate before system installation to determine the appropriate mitigation system to be installed.
(16) The certified radon mitigation business shall provide the client with written instructions on the operation and maintenance of each component of the mitigation system. Information on adverse effects produced by the operation of a mitigation system, including added energy costs, shall be included.
(17) Identification of all branch office locations and the certified specialists and technicians at branch locations who will perform mitigation services for the certified business. Branch offices shall identify the name of the certified business on correspondence and reports to clients and shall accept payments in the name of the certified business.
(18) A certified radon mitigation business shall provide the following reports; a certified radon mitigation business shall submit mitigation reports to the department by the 15th day of each month. Reports shall include building information on all radon mitigation work completed during the previous month, the name of the certified radon measurement business and individual performing the pre-mitigation and post-mitigation radon and radon progeny measurements, and the measurement results. If no radon mitigations were performed during a month, the report shall indicate none were performed. Reports shall be submitted on DOH Form 1753.
The Florida Standard for Mitigation of Radon in Existing Buildings as published by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and included in the latest Florida Building Codes defines ventilation as the process of supplying or removing air, by natural or mechanical means, to or from any space. These ventilation systems are referred to as engineered systems according to the Florida Building Code. Mitigation businesses are required to meet specific requirements for engineered systems as a condition of radon mitigation certification.
To meet the standard in section C502.3 of Chapter 61-38.003, F.A.C., an engineered radon mitigation system must have a system function indicator which shall be either a visual device conveniently visible to building occupants, or a device that produces a minimum 60 decibel audible signal. For radon mitigation systems classified as an engineered system per Chapter 61-38.001, F.A.C you are required to provide the name and license of the AC contractor or engineer you will work with on these mitigations. The design of engineered radon mitigation systems also requires both the signature of a Florida professional engineer and a Florida Certified radon mitigation specialist. An air-conditioning or mechanical contractor can substitute for an engineer when the system meets the practice exemptions under Florida Statutes 471.003(h). A general copy of the mitigation design signed by the radon mitigation specialist and sealed according to 471.003 F.S., and 553.79 F.S. (64E-5.1207(11), FAC., and 2007 Florida Building Code: Building Appendix C Section C501/2007 and Florida Building Code Residential Appendix E Section E501) shall be included in the application.
Primary mitigation systems relying on the pressurization of the conditioned space for radon control shall provide us with the following documentation:
Information on how the business plans to comply with requirements of Chapter 61-38.001, F.A.C. and the Florida Standard for Mitigation of Existing Buildings. In effect this requires mitigation businesses partner with a State Licensed Professional Engineer. A state licensed mechanical contractor can substitute as an engineer for those systems that meet the exemptions of 471.003 F.S. Additionally, provide this office with a copy of subcontractors or A/C contractors you plan to use on your installations. Future mitigation files for each installation of an engineered system shall include the Florida licensed professional engineer or equivalent that works with you on that mitigation job.