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Radiation Safety Office Radioactive Waste Requirements

Radioactive waste must always be stored in properly labeled containers. All radioactive waste that poses an external exposure hazard must shielded with the appropriate shield. All radioactive waste must be secured from loss or theft at all times. All radioactive waste must satisfy the following requirement before it will be picked up by the Radiation Safety Office. All radioactive waste pickups are scheduled by completing the online waste pickup notification form. The notification form is accessed by clicking the "Waste Pickup" link in the menu to the left.

Solid Waste Requirements

Solid radioactive waste must be properly packaged in a double lined, non-biohazard plastic bag and sealed with tape. Radioactive waste contained in biohazard, red, or orange bags will not be accepted for disposal. Waste bags containing liquid radioactive waste or lead containers will not be accepted. All sharps (glass pipettes, syringes, razor blades, etc...) must be contained in a rigid plastic container before being placed in waste bags. Waste bags containing loose sharps will not be accepted. All waste bags must be labeled with a properly completed waste tag. Waste tags must include the investigator's name, the laboratory room number, radionuclide, activity, disposal date and must be signed by an authorized representative of the laboratory.

Liquid Waste Requirements

All scintillation vials must be in a flat container or box, arranged to prevent spillage, and bagged to provide secondary containment. Bags containing loose vials will not be accepted. Scintillation vials containing H-3 and C-14 in concentrations less than 1.85 kBq/gm (0.05 uCi/gm) must be segregated from all other liquid waste. Scintillation vials containing non-biodegradable scintillation fluid will be picked up by the Radiation Safety Office only on scheduled dates. For more information regarding biodegradable scintillation fluid click the LSC Fluids link in the menu to the left.

Bulk quantities (i.e. liter and gallon containers) of liquid radioactive waste will be picked upon a case by case basis. Please contact the Radiation Safety Office for more information regarding bulk radioactive liquid waste.

All liquid radioactive waste must be labeled with a properly completed waste tag.. Liquid radioactive waste tags must include the investigator's name, the laboratory room number, radionuclide, activity, hazardous chemical constituents, disposal date and must be signed by an authorized representative of the laboratory.

Radioactive waste tags and empty scintillation vial boxes may obtain by contacting the Radiation Safety Office.

 
 
 

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