News

Radon: An Invisible Threat No Matter Where Lou Live

16 March 2020

La Facture, a show on Radio-Canada, looks at radon measures in Quebec and how they lag behind standards across the rest of Canada.

French original

English translation

CareTac Company Presentation

23 February 2020

Check out our new company presentation below. See what CareTac has to offer in radon, radiation, and nuclear, from our comprehensive and professional services to top-quality products from our leading global partners: Airthings, ATOMTEX, and DURRIDGE.

The Radioactive Killer

3 February 2020

The state of Utah has the lowest rate of smokers in the entire United States, yet lung cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer.

 

The reason is likely radon, where 1 in 3 homes in Utah, or almost 320,000 households, have dangerously high radon levels.

 

Read the full story here 

CareTac Holds Radiation Protection Proficiency Training and Exam for CSIR

29 January 2020

CareTac, a leader in radon, radiation, and nuclear equipment and services, has completed another round of training and exams for aspiring Radiation Protection Officers. This time, CareTac worked with the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory (SOCCO), a part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). 

The training and exams are continuation of CareTac and the SOCCO's longstanding cooperation in providing consultation and other services in the handling, import, and export of radioactive materials. CareTac also maintains close ties with the CSIR in providing decommissioning services. 

Four Areas in South Africa Pose Extremely High Radon Exposure Risk

10 December 2019

The South African, an online publication, writes that The Karoo, Paarl, large parts of Mpumalanga, and both Johannesburg and Soweto pose extremely high radon exposure risks to residents living in these areas. The reasons are either man made (ex. mining activities) or natural (ex. geology). 

See the article for more.

She Never Smoked - and Got Lung Cancer in her 40s

19 December 2019

Nikki Moreno, a bookkeeper in Los Angeles and never a smoker in her life, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer... at the age of 43. Because lung cancer amongst non-smokers often gets detected only at the later stages, the cancer had already spread to her brain, spine, kidney, and pancreas. 

See the whole article here

OCRC Finds Over 180,000 Canadians Exposed to Radon in the workplace

9 December 2019

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre in Canada has revealed in a newly published report that 188,000 Canadians are exposed on the job to radon, leading to lung cancer in 190 individuals, or 0.8% of those exposed. The industries involved include mining, schools, public service, IT, construction, services, and universities, with mining posing the biggest risk. 

See the report here

Four Areas in South Africa Pose Extremely High Radon Exposure Risk

10 December 2019

The South African, an online publication, writes that The Karoo, Paarl, large parts of Mpumalanga, and both Johannesburg and Soweto pose extremely high radon exposure risks to residents living in these areas. The reasons are either man made (ex. mining activities) or natural (ex. geology). 

See the article for more.

Airthings Wave Plus Named Top-10 Innovation That Can Change Your Life

5 January 2020

The Daily Star has named the Airthings Wave Plus as one of the 10 innovations that can change your life.

Most people have a carbon-monoxide detector in their home but nothing to warn of elevated levels of radon, the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers worldwide. The Airthings Wave Plus is the first app-supported radon and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) detector for homes, public spaces, office buildings, shopping centers, and more. 

The Wave Plus allows you to monitor six factors: radon, airborne chemicals (TVOCs), carbon dioxide (CO2), humidity, temperature, and air pressure. 

Breathing Easier: Airthings Wave Plus Named to Time's 100 Best Inventions 2019 List

25 November 2019

Airthings, CareTac partner and global leader in real-time, continuous Indoor Air Quality detector, has just had its Wave Plus IAQ detector named to the prestigious Time Magazine 100 Best Inventions 2019 list. In addition to radon, the Wave Plus monitors CO2 levels, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs), pressure, temperature, and humidity. 

See the article here

New Study Reveals Extend of Risk

from Radon in Groundwater

19 November 2019

A new study published in Radiation Physics and Chemistry reveals that groundwater in southwestern Nigeria, which satisfies more than 80% of domestic water needs, often has radon concentrations in excess of the US EPA's maximum contaminant level. 

Given calls in South Africa to increase reliance on groundwater for domestic drinking water and other purposes, more government and private-sector attention should be paid to the possible adverse health effects this could have. 

Cancer Association of South Africa recognizes radon as notable lung-cancer risk

20 November 2019

A fact sheet on radiation and radiation therapy from the Cancer Association of South Africa endorses the scientific conclusion that exposure to elevated indoor radon levels is a significant contributor to lung cancer, and that mitigating your indoor radon exposure is crucial to decrease the number of deaths from lung cancer. 

Read the fact sheet here

CareTac at Airthings in Norway

14 November 2019

CareTac Co-Founders Scott Bean and Kirill Ilin paid a visit to CareTac's newest partner, Airthings, a global leader in radon and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitors. 

 

The visit was to mark the beginning of the two companies' partnership to represent and sell Airthings monitors in South Africa. CareTac is confident that the combination of unmatched performance and sleek design make Airthings second to none for protecting your home, office, and more from radon.  

CareTac Featured on Carte Blanche

17 October 2019

CareTac CEO Ryno Botha was interviewed on South Africa's critically acclaimed Carte Blanche for a report on radon. In the interview, Mr. Botha addresses what radon is, how it differs from other types of radiation, and how and when it can pose a health hazard.  

Watch the episode here

CareTac to Appear on Carte Blanche

13 October 2019

CareTac Co-Founder and CEO Ryno Botha will be featured in a one-on-one interview with South Africa's top investigative journalism television program, Carte Blanche.

 

Scheduled to air this Sunday, October 13th, at 7pm on M-Net (101) and 8pm on M-Net Plus 1 (901), Mr. Botha will address questions about radon, the dangers it poses, what it all means for families and businesses, and what South Africa has been doing, or not doing, to deal with this silent killer.

Visiting Durridge in Boston

30 September 2019

CareTac is in Boston to visit Durridge, a leading provider of professional radon detection equipment for business, universities, and governments worldwide. As a representative of Durridge, CareTac is the dealer of choice for Durridge equipment in South Africa and across Africa.

CareTac CEO Botha Presents at NORM IX in Denver

26 September 2019

Ryno Botha, Co-Founder and CEO of CareTac, gave a presentation at the NORM IX Symposium in Denver, Colorado, on a research paper he co-authored entitled: "A Baseline Study of Radon in Groundwater Prior to Unconventional Shale Gas Development in the Karoo Basin (South Africa)".

CareTac at NORM IX in Denver

25 September 2019

CareTac Co-Founders Ryno Botha and Scott Bean are taking part in the 9th International Symposium on Naturally Occuring Radioactive Material (NORM IX) at the Embassy Suites in downtown Denver, Colorado. The highlight of the conference came on day three, when Mr. Botha made an acclaimed presentation entitled "A Baseline Study of Radon in Groundwater Prior to Unconventional Shale Gas Development in the Karoo Basin (South Africa)".

 

On the second day of the conference, Mr. Botha gave a well-received poster presentation entitled "Design of National Indoor Radon Survey for South Africa: Review of Existing Indoor Radon Concentration Data, Associated Measurement Techniques, and Proposed Methodology".

 

A gathering of the world's leading radon and thoron experts, scientists, businesses, and authorities, NORM IX is endorsed by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

CareTac Begins Training Course at Distell

3 September 2019

CareTac Co-Founder and CEO Ryno Botha held the first seminar in a course in fundamental radiation protection and radionuclide management for Distell, a major African producer of spirits, fine wines, ciders, and ready-to-drinks. The first seminar covered a range of radiation-related issues, such as radioactive decay, radiation protection principles, and the health effects associated with ionizing radiation.

 

CareTac is a leading South African provider of radiation and nuclear safety and security services, the exclusive South African representative of ATOMTEX radiation detection and nuclear measurements equipment, and a product representative for Durridge radon capture and analytics equipment.

Sailing the High Seas on the S.A. Agulhas

August 2019

CareTac continued its fruitful partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory (SOCCO). This time around, CareTac CEO Ryno Botha hit the seas on the S.A. Agulhas II, South Africa's icebreaking polar supply and research ship, to provide services involving the possession, use, convey, and cause to convey of radionuclides.

CareTac and ATOMTEX Join Forces

July 2019

CareTac, a South African provider of radiation and nuclear safety and security solutions, has signed an agreement with ATOMTEX, a global leader in the design and manufacture of equipment for nuclear measurements and radiation monitoring, to become the official, exclusive dealer of ATOMTEX equipment in South Africa.

"This marks an important step in CareTac's ability to follow through on its goal to provide the best in radiation and nuclear safety and security solutions", said CareTac Co-Founder and CEO Ryno Botha. "With a partner like ATOMTEX, we can offer South African clients the highest quality and most affordable radiation and nuclear equipment on the market, hands down".

 

Botha added: "ATOMTEX is globally recognized for its professional quality and affordable prices. To me, what is just as impressive is the large product line and numerous applications. Whether it's nuclear energy, health care, national security, heavy industry, mining, food production, or something else, we can offer the right equipment for radiation detection and nuclear measurement needs of companies in these sectors".

 

CareTac plans to also use ATOMTEX in its training and on-site services. "One of CareTac's focuses is to help companies large and small comply with DoH and IAEA regulations, amongst other. In doing so, we use only tried-and-true, professional techniques. With ATOMTEX, our clients can rest assured that the equipment they buy from us is the only equipment we trust to deliver the best performance possible", said CareTac Co-Founder and CMO Scott Bean.

 

CareTac (Pty) Ltd is a South African provider of radiation and nuclear safety and security solutions based in Cape Town. ATOMTEX, based in Minsk, Belarus, features over a product range of over 100 different types of radiation and nuclear instrumentation equipment used in over 80 countries worldwide.