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Radioisotope Source Possession and Use Requirements
Purchase, Receipt, and Transfer of Radioisotopes
Personnel Radiation Monitoring
Management of Radioisotope Laboratory and Use Area
Radioactive Waste Disposal Procedure
Radioactive Waste Disposal Chart
Mopping or Waxing of Radioisotope Use Areas
Radiation Emergencies
Radiation Safety Training
Policy on Declared Pregnant Radiation Workers
Policy on Eating and Drinking in the Laboratory
Radiation Protection Forms

X-Ray Safety
UMD-Radiation Protection Advisory Committee (RPAC)
Download this Manual in Printable (PDF) Format
Policy For Termination of Laboratory use of Hazardous Materials
10 CFR, Part 20: Protection Against Radiation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Haz. Waste Mgt
 

Radiation Emergencies


In the Event of a Radioactive Material Spill, Do not panic! Proceed with the following:

1.  Report the Incident:

  1. Immediately call or have someone Call Environmental Health and Safety Office.

    • Working Hours Call x7273, if no answer:
    • Call Facilities Management at x8262.  State your emergency, and request Environmental Health and Safety.

    • After Hours Call: Cellphone at 343-9645.

    • Weekends and Holidays, Call 911, state your emergency and request University Police.

    • Follow emergency call procedure.

  2. Provide a brief description of the nature of the emergency:

    • Quantity of Radioactive Material Spilled.
    • Type of Isotope Spilled (32P, 35S, 125I, 3H, 14C...)

    • Extent of Contamination (clothing, material, equipment..)
  3. Spill Location:
  4. (provide the following information)
    • Department and Building Names,
    • Room and Telephone Numbers
2.  Prevent the Spread of Contamination:
  • Restrict access to spill area.
  • Notify all laboratory personnel of the spill.
  • Instruct personnel to wait in a clean/safe area within the lab, and not to leave until they are surveyed for contamination by Environmental Health and Safety representative.
  • Put on clean gloves and use GM instrument to self-survey personal clothing and skin surfaces.
  • Remove all contaminated clothing and place in a bag or on a pad.
  • If contaminated skin, begin washing with mild soap and water.
  • If concerned about health impact seek medical help.
All contaminated clothing will be confiscated, and placed in storage until decayed, so it is important to always use a lab-coat, safety goggles, and have extra clothing available.


In the Event of Radiation Exposure (e.g. skin puncture, eye splash, ingestion..)
  • Immediately call, or have someone call Environmental Health and Safety Office at X-7273 and report incident. After Hours (5:00 p.m.-8:30 a.m.) Call 343-9645, on weekends and holidays, call 911

  • For Eye Splashes, Flush eyes with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes
  • Skin splashes, immediately wash contaminated skin with a mild soap and water.
  • Immediately seek medical help from the student health service, or a hospital, Urine samples will be needed for bioassays.
     
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