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Healthy School Essentials: Managing Lead in Drinking Water and Radon

April 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT



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There is no shortage of news about the risk of lead in drinking water in communities throughout the country. Radon, although not as widely discussed, is another very potent hazard. Here’s what the two have in common:

  • They both can cause significant long-term harm to children’s health, well-being and ability to learn
  • They are both prevalent and mostly unaddressed in schools and daycare centers across Western Pennsylvania
  • They can both be solved with a little knowledge, diligence, and relatively limited financial resources

It is time for us to move beyond discussing whether these hazards are affecting our children, and to focus on eliminating these hazards in schools and child care centers as quickly as possible.

Join us to learn background on lead and radon, and understand in detail the process for testing and mitigation correctly and effectively. You will also learn about mini-grants available to assist in the costs of testing and mitigation of both lead and radon.

Lunch will be provided, courtesy of A.W. Beattie Career Center’s Culinary Arts Program.


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Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the common sources of lead contamination in water, and the connections between radon and indoor environments.
  • Understand the impacts of lead in drinking water and radon on human health, especially children.
  • Learn the steps for effectively dealing with both lead in drinking water and radon.


About the Speakers


John Mallon – Founder, Radon Detection & Control

John is a founding Partner of Radon Detection and Control in Pittsburgh PA.  RDC was established in 1986, and has installed over 25,000 mitigation systems in all types of buildings. John is a National Board Member of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists and has served 2 terms as National Vice President. He was the Residential Mitigation Board Member for the NEHA Technical Review Board. He teaches Advanced Radon Mitigation and Radon Testing classes in the USA and Canada.  John is currently the Chairman of the ANSI Standard Committee “Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings” and Member of the ANSI Standard Committee “Radon Mitigation Standards for Schools and Large Buildings”. John will provide general background on radon and risk reduction, and provide attendees with radon testing and mitigation options and the associated costs.


Andrew Ellsworth – VP of Health and Learning, Green & Healthy Schools Academy

Andrew has led the Healthy School Technical Assistance program for the Green & Healthy Schools Academy since 2013. He has coordinated workshops, trainings, walkthroughs and education sessions for schools across Southwestern Pennsylvania. Andrew will provide background on the mechanics and health impacts of lead in drinking water, as well as concrete guidance on the process for testing and remediation, and discuss the free technical assistance and mini-grants GHSA can provide to schools and child care centers.

Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we are able available to cover the full cost of this workshop for all attendees.


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April 20, 2017
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Leslie Montgomery


A.W. Beattie Career Center
9600 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15101 United States
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