Mandatory Radon Testing
For State licensed, regulated, owned or operated Facilities
The procedures for mandatory testing can be found in
404.056, Florida Statute and in 64E-5 Parts X and XII of the Florida Administrative Code.
The steps in mandatory radon testing:
- Find out if you need to test.
- Check for the facility's
testing history (Currently only available for schools, daycares and foster care)
- Review the testing procedures.
- Hire a certified measurement business or by
using radon proficient devices.
- Complete and forward the appropriate report form (DH 1777 or DH1778).
Radon and Foster Homes
Florida Statute (FS) Chapter 404.056(4) and the Florida Administrative Code (FAC) Chapter 64E-5.1208(1)(b) requires testing and reporting for radon and its decay products, for certain facilities, including foster care homes. Additionally:
Radon testing requirements are county specific based on the type of building containing the foster home and whether the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has a radon resistant construction recommendation for that class of building in that county.
FAC Chapter 64E-12 for community based residential facilities does not apply to family foster homes.
There is language in chapter 64E-12.012 that refers to FS Chapter 404, and provides information directing facilities to contact the Radon and Indoor Air section for testing requirements and forms. There are no radon mitigation requirements in the rule.
Through an interagency agreement between the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Families, DOH conducts physical plant inspections at family foster homes using DCF's rule Chapter 65C-13, FAC.
Chapter 65C-13, of the FAC, mandate radon testing for foster homes and retesting every five years.
DCF Chapter 65C-13.030 (5)(b), FAC ("Radon levels shall be at a
level which does not affect the safety and well-being of children in the homes") requires family foster homes to mitigate radon levels over
the established level.
A local foster care licensing group in Polk County has decided to deny licensing to foster care applicants with elevated radon levels.
The mandatory radon testing requirements were established to provide the guardians and decision makers of the clients of these facilities with information on radon, so that they can make informed choices on how best to protect the health and well being of their clients. Any requirement on licensing or mitigation of these facilities rests upon the statutory authority of the regulatory agency.