At the 2015 International Radon Symposium in Minneapolis, USA, propertECO’s Commercial Director, Rebecca Coates was presented with an award recognising her efforts to further radon education and awareness in the UK.
The Innovative Leadership Award was presented to Rebecca by Shawn Price, President of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) for her “innovation, dedication and effectiveness in furthering radon education and awareness in the United Kingdom”.
Through her work not only with propertECO but also the UK Radon Association and European Radon Association, Rebecca has devised methods of effectively communicating the risks associated with radon exposure. She has delivered Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars on the subject to over 1000 building professionals, raising awareness of the need for accurate advice on the subject to be given to clients who are often unaware of the issue.
Rebecca was co-opted to the Executive Committee of the European Radon Association (ERA) in 2014 to advise on its marketing and communications strategy and was fully elected in 2015, when she has instigated plans for European Radon Day. On 7th November 2015, European countries will be taking the opportunity to focus media attention on the issue of radon and gain traction from the fact that the spotlight is being shone on the issue on an international level. Posters designed by Rebecca, and now available in several different languages, can be downloaded from the ERA website.
7th November 2015 will also mark the start of the very first UK Radon Awareness Week campaign, another initiative spearheaded by Rebecca to drive much needed awareness of radon-related lung cancer in the UK. The campaign is being run by UK Radon Association in collaboration Public Health England and BRE Academy and is planned to become an annual event.