Radioactive Waste Guidelines
- General guidelines for radioactive waste management
- Laboratory permitees must ensure, prior to the procurement of radioactive materials, that a method of disposal for the materials presently exists or can be worked out to the satisfaction of Radiation Safety.
- Each Radioisotope Laboratory must maintain accurate records of the types, quantities, and forms of radioisotopes which comprise the radioactive waste submitted from his/her laboratory to Radiation Safety (Completion of a Radioactive Waste Log Sheet fulfills this requirement).
- It is the Responsible Investigator's responsibility to secure proper storage for radioactive wastes generated in their laboratories.
- Radioactive waste containers shall be stored as close to the work area as feasible to minimize the possibility of spillage during the transfer of waste to the containers.
- Waste containers shall NOT be stored in hallways, stairwells or other uncontrolled areas.
- Radioactive waste containers shall be kept closed at all times when not in use.
- Regardless of content, each radioactive waste container shall be labeled with a "Caution Radioactive Materials" sticker.
- When handling or transferring radioactive waste, the individual shall wear appropriate laboratory attire including lab coat, disposable gloves, protective eye wear and closed toed shoes.
- Radioactive wastes containing carcinogens, biohazards, or extremely hazardous chemicals must be handled separately and packaged in such a way that they present minimal hazards to people who handle the wastes. Contact Radiation Safety for specific requirements.
- DO NOT combine different radioisotopes in the same waste container unless you have prior authorization from Radiation Safety to do so.
- Under NO circumstance shall radioactive waste be released into the sewage disposal system.
- DO NOT place any radioactive waste in regular trash receptacles.
- Package the waste properly according to the attached instructions