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Radon is an invisible, radioactive gas that contributes to the deaths of thousands of Canadians every year. Conventional wisdom suggests there should be outrage about the number of Canadians unnecessarily and unwitting exposed to elevated levels of alpha radiation from radon gas. Unfortunately, most Canadians are still not aware of the threats posed by this leading cause of lung cancer; or how to reduce their risk. Prevention is also lacking, as very few Canadians are engaged in reducing radon in their homes or at work. This seminar will explore the disconnect between radon exposure, risk and action and how policy may be affected by these forces.
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Presenter: Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol
Anne-Marie Nicol is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and one of the Principal Investigators for CAREX Canada. She teaches courses in Risk Assessment, Toxicology and Health Communication. A board member of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technicians, Anne-Marie lectures on radon gas to groups across the country and works with stakeholders to develop effective policies to reduce radon exposure.
The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (firstname.lastname@example.org
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