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Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists

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  • 10 Apr 2020 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Current Update: (13 May 2020)

    We are please to confirm that we have reached an agreement with Toole Peet for an insurance program.  It is a voluntary insurance package available for all C-NRPP Professionals (measurement and mitigation professionals)  The premium is on a per company basis and will cover all C-NRPP certified employees.  

    Please complete this contact form to receive more information from ToolePeet.

    L’ACSTR est heureuse d’annoncer un accord avec Toole Peet sur un régime d’assurance. Remplir un formulaire de contact avec Toole Peet pour plus d’informations.


     Activity $2m E&O / $2m CGL $2m E&O / $5m CGL
    Radon measurement only $1,300  $1,550
    Radon testing, inspection, mitigation and installation services $2,550 $3,050

    Important details:

    • This package would cover all certified professionals within one company as long as they are listed as employees.  All contractors would be considered separate companies.
    • This package provides coverage for companies up to $500K in Annual Revenues (annual revenue is gross without accounting for expenses), any company with revenues above that would need to apply individually and can do so through the same application link.
    • This package is only for companies with no claims in the last five years, any company who have had a claim in the last five years would need to apply individually and can do so through the same application link.
    • The coverage is available starting July 1.  Each company would complete an application form to apply and receive confirmation directly from the insurance company.   Ideally, we would like to get everyone signed up as of July 1.
    • If your current insurance coverage expires after July 1, you can apply as the coverage expires or cancel your current policy and apply.
    • Policy wording available upon request: info@carst.ca 

    (April 2020)

    We are excited to announce that CARST and Toole Peet have developed an insurance package which provides our members with clear coverage at a reduced rate due to our group buying power. 

    Over the last few months we have been asking for input and we feel this package will appeal to most of our members and accommodate the issues raised by our members through our survey process. 

    The rates listed are incremental based on the eventual number of CARST members purchasing.  You will notice the prices decrease as more members buy into the program  (minimum requirement of 100 members).  It is our goal to be able to move most of our members to this package which would provide a reduced rate for everyone.  We will be aggressively seeking input from members in the next few weeks to be able to have an anticipated number by the end of April.  We will notify all members of the results at the beginning of May.

    Important details:

    • This package would cover all certified professionals within one company as long as they are listed as employees.  All contractors would be considered separate companies.
    • This package provides coverage for companies up to $500K in Annual Revenues (annual revenue is gross without accounting for expenses), any company with revenues above that would need to apply individually and can do so through the same application link.
    • This package is only for companies with no claims in the last five years, any company who have had a claim in the last five years would need to apply individually and can do so through the same application link.
    • The coverage is available starting July 1.  Each company would complete an application form to apply and receive confirmation directly from the insurance company.   Ideally, we would like to get everyone signed up as of July 1.
    • If your current insurance coverage expires after July 1, you can apply as the coverage expires or cancel your current policy and apply.
    • Policy wording available upon request: info@carst.ca 


    In addition we are working on additional features, we will let you know once these have been made available:

    • Extra premium option for $5 mill E&O
    • Additional premium options for vapour Intrusion or methane activities


    This rate would apply if CARST had 100 members sign-on to package:

     Activity $2m E&O / $2m CGL $2m E&O / $5m CGL
    Radon measurement only $1,300  $1,550
    Radon testing, inspection, mitigation and installation services $2,550 $3,050

    This rate would apply if CARST had 101-200 members sign-on to package:

     Activity $2m E&O / $2m CGL $2m E&O / $5m CGL
    Radon measurement only $1,150  $1,400
    Radon testing, inspection, mitigation and installation services $2,250 $2,750

    This rate would apply if CARST had 201-1000 members sign-on to package:

     Activity $2m E&O / $2m CGL $2m E&O / $5m CGL
    Radon measurement only $1,000  $1,250
    Radon testing, inspection, mitigation and installation services $2,000 $2,500

    Update: (February 2020)

    A major need to date is the need to increase input from members.  Moving to a mandatory program would need agreement from a significant number of members.  In addition, the members who have provided input have put forward some useful suggestions to the program and coverage.

    We are waiting for updated information from the insurance representative and then we will put forward new communication to the members requesting feedback.  We will update this page as well as email out communication once received.

    Update: (January 2020)

    On Thursday, January 23, we hosted an online webinar regarding a proposed insurance package.  You can view the webinar here.

    Here is a quick update into the progress of the package. 

    Summary to date:  We are looking into a package insurance policy which would apply for all certified professionals.  We acknowledge that often for our members obtaining insurance has been time consuming, expensive and challenging and so we have made it a priority to investigate a way to alleviate these issues.

    Currently, we have a proposed package for our members and as discussed in the webinar our insurance contact is pursuing other options to obtain a package to meet all the needs of our members.

    We welcome input from our C-NRPP Professionals.  Please continue to provide us with your input through the C-NRPP Facebook page, Online Survey or email (info@carst.ca).

    (Note: the C-NRPP Facebook group is a closed discussion available for C-NRPP professionals, if you are certified please send a request and you will be added).

    The CARST Board discussed next steps at their February 11 board meeting.  To date, the board is deciding between a mandatory, all inclusive type package which would be quite cost effective and a group policy which would allow members to opt out but would not provide the same level of pricing.

  • 19 Mar 2020 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    (This page is was last updated June 1, 2020)

    We know this is a difficult time for all our members and there are a lot of difficult decisions to be made these days.

    Ceci est un temps difficile pour tous nos professionnels. ACSTR a compilé une liste de liens qui pourraient être utiles, en incluant des liens au laboratoires d'analyse.


    CARST webinar: COVID-19 Back to Radon Mitigation and Measurement Webinar


    During our webinar we made reference to a guideline resource document that we have developed.  Here is the link for the resource document, which includes all the links that were previously listed on this page.

    CARSTs COVID Guideline Resource Document

    Here is the link for the COVID Quiz to obtain your Certificate for your C-NRPP renewal:     COVID-19 Quiz to be completed for certificate


    Presentation Decks from the Webinar:

    COVID Presentation with Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol

    CARST Presentation on Steps for preparing to get back to work

    Practical perspective with Jeff Leblanc

    TAoR Mitigation Grant Program - this grant is currently underway


    ACSTR webinare: COVID-19 Reprise du travail d’atténuation et des mesures de radon et les Subventions de OTDR


     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPXLsSTgODk&t=2s


    ACSTR COVID_ Retour au travail Guide pour les professionnels de radon

    Quiz à compléter pour certificat


    Liens:

    Présentation COVID de Dre. Anne-Marie Nicol

    Présentation de l'ACSTR pour le retour au travail

    Présentation pratique avec Jeff Leblanc

    Programme des subventions OTDR


    Do you have any suggestions that you can share with fellow professionals on how you are handling this with your business?  Click the blue square at the top left  of this post to add your comments.


  • 20 Jan 2020 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists

    Helping Canadians Reduce Radon RiskHelping Canadians Reduce Radon Risk

    Quick Update & Upcoming Dates


    Happy New Year to all our members and radon stakeholders!  As we all shift back into gear after the holidays, we wanted to send out a quick bulletin to remind you of some upcoming deadlines and events.


    Insurance Webinar


    C-NRPP professionals: don't forget to join us this Thursday, January 23rd as we discuss insurance package options with Adam Thomson of Toole Peet Insurance.  You can sign up for the webinar by clicking here. In preparation for the webinar, please fill out our brief Insurance Survey so that we’re prepared with your general questions.

    Call for Nominations


    Announcing CARST's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday April 20, 2020, noon PST at the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC.

    Each year we hold our AGM during our annual conference.  The AGM is open to all CARST members, and is an opportunity for members to hear about the work that we have been doing on your behalf and ask questions or provide input directly to your board of directors and admin team.  The AGM is also where CARST members vote for their board of directors and any important orders of business.

    This year, there will be two long-standing members stepping down and two members of the board up for re-election.  As a CARST member we encourage you to consider putting your name forward for the board of directors.

    If you know someone who would make a great candidate for the CARST Board of Directors, now is the time to encourage them to join us. 

    The call for nominations is now open - please submit your nominations here.


    Awareness Contest

    Are you a CARST member?  Have you done something to help raise radon awareness this radon season?  If so, you're eligible to win a FREE registration to CARST's 2020 Conference in Victoria BC!  Whether you gave interviews, manned a booth, ran an article in the local paper or met with local stakeholders, we want to hear about it.  Fill out the online form to submit your application by clicking here. Contest is open until January 31st 2020 for any activities carried out between November 1 2019 and January 31st 2020.



    Real Estate Guideline

    Since the release of the Radon & Real-Estate Guideline last year, we have been gathering feedback with the goal of updating the guidelines this February. We invite you to submit your feedback on the guideline by the end of January so that we may include it in our discussions. We have two different surveys available and we ask that you take time to review them both:  Sharing your data with us, will help us supplement the research that the Radon & Real-Estate Guideline was based on.



    CARST Programs & Resources


    Don't forget TakeActionOnRadon Resources: Radon pins, radon window clings, Bookmarks and online tools! 


    Upcoming Events

  • 19 Dec 2019 5:48 PM | Anonymous

    Please note: this blog will be updated as we receive more questions and as discussion continues.


    Several CARST members have been receiving questions regarding Dr. Goodarzi’s recent research, which was publicized by CTV in Calgary in early December.  While the research covers many aspects of radon testing, the focus of the article - and of most of the questions that CARST professionals are receiving – is how this new research may affect CARST’s Guideline for Radon Assessment during a Real-Estate Transaction.

    CARST has requested to enter into a data-sharing agreement with Dr. Goodarzi to access the data and be able to analyze it in detail ourselves.  However, based on preliminary analysis, this latest research correlates well with the research on which CARST based our Real-Estate Assessment Guideline at the time it was developed.  The new research helps to emphasize the importance of clear communication regarding the limitations of the assessment test, and the importance of always following-up an assessment test with a long-term test during the heating season as specified in the guideline.

    It is important to remember that CARST continues to emphasize the importance of long-term testing.  The Real-Estate Assessment Guideline was developed to provide structure to those wishing to include a radon test as part of a real-estate transaction; a situation that is becoming increasingly common.  

  • 01 Nov 2019 2:59 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the City of Edmonton on proclaiming November as Radon Action Month and for encouraging Edmontonians to protect themselves by testing for radon gas and by taking action to reduce high levels.


  • 25 Jul 2019 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    Le PNCR-C a reçu la tarification pour l’assurance obligatoire. Si vous êtes un professionnel du PNCR-C, nous voulons vous entendre ! Jetez un coup d’œil sur la tarification et faites-nous savoir si vous voulez vous inscrire.

    Avec ce programme, chaque professionnel du PNCR-C (mesure et/ou atténuation) sera inclus et payera pour la couverture suivante :

    Couverture et tarification

    responsabilité commerciale générale- $2,000,000 = $350

    erreurs et omissions- $2,000,000 = $650

    responsabilité de pollution- $100,000 - inclus

    prime annuelle totale= $1,000 

  • 25 Jul 2019 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Cela fait déjà quelques mois depuis le lancement des Directives sur les évaluations préalables de radon dans le cadre d’une transaction immobilière. Pour l’élaboration et la publication de ce document, nous pensions qu’il était important de demander à vous — nos professionnels — vos commentaires au fur et à mesure que vous implantez les recommandations et que vous voyiez les résultats. Nous avons reçu de différentes questions sur les directives autant des professionnels du PNCR-C que des groups en immobilier partout au pays. 

    Il est important de se rappeler l’historique et l’objectif des directives sur les transactions immobilières. L’ACSTR continue de soutenir les directives de Santé Canada sur le radon qui soulignent l’importance d’une mesure de radon à long terme (plus de 90 jours). Dans le contexte de l’immobilier, la situation idéale continue à être si le radon dans la maison à vendre a déjà été mesuré (en utilisant une mesure à long terme) ou si le radon dans cette maison est mesuré durant la première saison de chauffage en utilisant une mesure à long terme une fois que le nouveau propriétaire a pris possession de la maison. Mettre de l’argent de côté pour couvrir les coûts d’un système d’atténuation de radon (si un tel système s’avère nécessaire) devrait faire partie des négociations à la discrétion de toutes les parties concernées à la transaction.

    Au cours des dernières années, un nombre croissant de membres de l’ACSTR exprimait leurs inquiétudes sur ce qui arrivait en pratique. Les mesures de radon d’une durée de moins de 48 heures, l’application incohérente des conditions de bâtiment fermées et d’autres disparités ont poussé l’ACSTR à élaborer les directives sur les transactions immobilières.

    Les priorités lors de l’élaboration des directives étaient de baser nos recommandations sur les meilleures recherches disponibles, d’offrir une structure claire et cohérente pour toutes les parties concernées tout en promouvant les Directives de Santé Canada. Après trois ans de travail, l’ACSTR a publié les Directives sur les évaluations dans le cadre d’une transaction immobilière, tout en identifiant que nous devons continuer à recueillir les commentaires des professionnels sur le terrain et chercher des études additionnelles.

    Pour partager vos données - cliquez ici.

    Pour partager votre <<feedback>> concernant les directives en générale, cliquez ici.



  • 25 Jul 2019 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    Over the last few months, many of you have expressed your interest in joining CARST’s Awareness committee. To kick things off, we’ll be hosting two webinar meetings, one on August 14th and another on August 20th, and everyone is welcome to join. Register for the Awareness Committee meetings here and find the current toolkits below. 

    Prior to attending the meeting, we would like your feedback on the current toolkits.  You will have time to share thoughts in the meeting, but it will be helpful to have some feedback ready to start the discussion. 

    Pick one or more toolkits to review and provide feedback to us prior to the meeting.  Check out the meeting schedule below, to see which toolkit we will talk about when.

    Can't make either meeting?  Your feedback is still valuable- please provide us with your thoughts prior to the meeting date via email at info@carst.ca. 

    August 14 - 2pm ADT, 1pm EDT, noon CDT, 11am MDT/CST, 10am PDT.  


    August 20 - 2pm ADT, 1pm EDT, noon CDT, 11am MDT/CST, 10am PDT.  

    • Suggested actions in your municipality:
      • Contact your local mayor and council and encourage them to participate in radon awareness month by testing their home and talking about radon at one of their council meetings


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