The National Radon Proficiency Program exists to equip people to obtain certifications and work in careers that focus on making sure structures are safe for human use. By choosing to seek your NRPP mitigation certification, it’s possible to pursue work in a number of capacities. Here are some examples to take onto consideration.
Working With New Construction
Radon is naturally occurring and can is typically not a threat when in open spaces. The problem begins when radon seeps in through cracks or open spaces found in any type of construction. That includes new construction.
One option open to you is working as a rate or inspector who evaluates the radon level found in newly constructed buildings. These may be homes, schools, municipal buildings, and any other type of structure. Since emissions can seep into the building through cracks in foundations or even through plumbing, your efforts can sometimes identify those points of entry and ensure they are properly sealed.
Inspecting Additions to Older Construction
Your help may also be needed when the decision is made to add more space to an older structure. This could involve adding another room to a residence, building a new wing to a school, or expanding the size of a municipal building. In all cases, your job is to determine if the new construction has led to an increase in emissions throughout the building.
This means you will test more than the latest addition. Every area of the structure will be checked. In the best-case scenario, there will be no evidence that radon emissions have increased, and the structure is safe for use.
Identifying Ways to Mitigate Radon Emissions in Older Structures
In the event that the interior of an older structure is remodeled, that could lead to issues that allow for greater radon emissions. You will manage the testing that determines if this has taken place. Along with the placement of devices designed to identify current radon levels, you may be involved in evaluating the test results.
Thanks to your NRPP mitigation certification, analyzing the results and determining if the emissions are within a safe range won’t be difficult. You can use that data to identify ways to reduce the emissions and ensure that the levels remain within reasonable levels.
Helping Clients Comply With Current Safety Regulations
Compliance with local, state, and federal safety regulations does mean addressing any concerns about radon exposure as quickly as possible. Given the impact that the exposure can have on health, you will find that clients will seek you out and ask for testing. This is good news, since it allows you to help clients in more than one way.
Along with testing for radon levels, you may also spot issues that increase the risk for a rise in those levels in the future. Thanks to what you observe, it’s easier for your clients to take a proactive approach and prevent radon levels from increasing in the future. That will make it all the easier to remain in compliance and avoid fines and other penalties. It also means that people who occupy the building for all or part of the day will be safer.
The bottom line is that your efforts in this field will make a difference. If you like that idea, why not pursue your certification? Along with earning a reasonable living, you can help improve the quality of life for quite a few others.