General Safe Handling Considerations
- Designate an area for using radionuclides and clearly label all radioactive containers with “ Caution Radioactive Material ” signs.
- Wear lab coats, gloves, and safety glasses when working with radioactivity.
- Increase your distance (e.g., forceps with rubber sleeves) when handling unshielded stock solutions with high-energy beta or gamma emitting nuclides.
- Perform a “dry” run whenever you plan to do a new procedure.
- Control potential contamination by covering work areas with absorbent paper, use drip trays, and frequently survey & clean your work area.
- Survey your hands frequently during and at the end of procedures involving the use of radioactivity. Survey your work at the completion of your work and document that survey.
- Mouth pipetting, eating and drinking and applying cosmetics are prohibited in radionuclide labs.
- If you think you have ingested or inhaled any radioactive material, contact the RSO immediately.
- Use a fume hood to perform all potentially volatile procedures.
- Dispose of radioactive waste when generated.
- Do not work over open radioactive containers. Utilize time, distance and shielding.
For additional information contact the Radiation Safety Program at 439-6056.