Granite’s durability and decorative appearance have made it a popular building material in many homes and buildings. Any type of rock could contain naturally occurring radioactive elements such as radium, uranium and thorium. Some pieces of granite contain more of these elements than others. If present, these radioactive elements will decay into radon, a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas which may be released from the granite over time.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “It’s important to know that radon originating in the soil beneath homes is a more common problem and a far larger public health risk than radon from granite building materials.”
“In addition to radon, the other natural radioactive materials in granite can also emit radiation,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network and the new public outreach video. “However, it is extremely unlikely that granite countertops in homes could increase the radiation dose above the normal, natural background dose that comes from soil and rocks.”
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This educational video was sponsored by a number of organizations and leading industry professionals that help protect the public’s health. Sponsors include: Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM), EMSL Analytical, LA Testing, UltraViolet Devices, Clark Seif Clark, IAQ Index, Mold Solutions, and Legends Environmental Insurance Services to name a few.
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About Cochrane & Associates, LLC & the IAQ Video Network
Cochrane & Associates is a business development, public relations and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the environmental, HVAC, mold and indoor air quality industries. The company has worked with many of the industries’ leading institutions and companies and continues to be an innovator in the industry. They are also the innovators behind the IAQ Video Network.