In the Event of a Radioactive Material Spill,
Do not panic! Proceed with the following:
1. Report the
2. Prevent the
Spread of Contamination:
- 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
- Provide a brief description of the
nature of the emergency:
- Quantity of Radioactive Material
- Type of Isotope Spilled (32P,
35S, 125I, 3H,
- Extent of Contamination (clothing,
- Spill Location:
(provide the following information)
- Department and Building Names,
- Room and Telephone Numbers
- Restrict access to spill area.
- Notify all laboratory personnel of the
- 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
- Put on clean gloves and use GM instrument
to self-survey personal clothing and skin
- 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
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.