RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE SAFE USE OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
- Wear laboratory coats or other protective clothing at all times when
working with radioactive materials. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are
strongly recommended while short pants and sandals are discouraged.
- Wear at least one pair of disposable gloves at all times while handling
- Either after each procedure, monitor your hands and feet for contamination
using an appropriate portable radiation survey meter in a low-background
- Do NOT eat, drink, smoke, or apply cosmetics in any area where radioactive
or materials or chemicals are used or stored. Each laboratory should designate
an area(s) for eating and drinking.
- Do NOT store food, drink, or personal effects in areas where radioactive
materials or chemicals are used or stored.
- Wear appropriate dosimeters at all times while working with or near
radioactive materials. When not being worn to monitor personnel exposures,
dosimeters should be stored in a low-background area.
- Dispose of radioactive waste only in designated, labeled, and properly
shielded containers. Waste containers should be closed when not in use.
Appropriate containers may be obtained from Health Physics. Liquids should
be in secondary containment tubs which are also available from Health Physics.
Remember to complete an entry on the Container Contents Sheet each time
waste is placed in the container.
- Never pipette by mouth.
- Survey the work area, floor, handles, equipment, etc. for contamination
using wipe smears. It is strongly suggested that these surveys be conducted
weekly when radioactive materials are used.
- Perform an area survey periodically before, during, and after an experiment
using an appropriate portable radiation survey meter to monitor for levels
of increased radiation.
- Record all survey results and keep the printouts from the Liquid Scintillation
Counter in the Radiation Safety Survey Log.
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