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Radioactive Emergency Response Procedure

Radioactive Emergency Response Procedure

Radiological Minor Spill

  • Notify all personnel in the area that a spill occurred.
  • Cover the spill with absorbent paper and wipe from the outer perimeter inward to prevent its spread.
  • Wearing disposable gloves, remove the contaminated absorbent paper. Place in a plastic bag along with your disposable gloves, and dispose of the bag in the appropriate radioactive waste container.
  • Take wipe tests to determine the extent of the contamination. If contamination is still present, clean the area with an appropriate solvent using a clean hand/dirty hand method and resurvey.
  • Notify Radiation Safety of the event (Phone 500-5840 or CYF G.102).

Radiological Major Spill

  • Clear the area of all persons not involved in the spill, and close the door to the laboratory room.
  • Prevent the spread of the materials by covering the spill with absorbent pads. DO NOT TRY TO CLEAN UP!
  • Confine the movement of all personnel potentially contaminated to minimize additional  contamination.
  • During Business Hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Call Radiation Safety 500-5840. During Non-Business:  Call 500-4357 (500-HELP).
  • Contaminated clothing should be removed and stored for further evaluation. If the spill is on the skin, flush thoroughly and wash with mild soap and lukewarm water.