Notes on Radioactive Materials
Radiation Safety Instructions and Procedures
The following instructions and procedures are promulgated to insure the safety of
personnel from radiation hazards. These instructions apply to all persons who work with
radioactive materials or radiation producing devices in areas of the teaching laborat
ories and to those who enter these areas. They are in compliance with applicable laws and
University safety regulations.
- Signs, "CAUTION-RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS", are posted on all
doors to rooms or areas in which radioactive material or devices are stored or used. These
areas are referred to as Radiation Hazard Control Areas.
- Radiation Detection Film Badges must be worn at all times by all
personnel in areas with radioactive materials or devices where radiation exposure is
- Professors, Teaching Assistants and Staff must check that the film
badges are worn by all persons.
- Each person must request and be issued his or her own badge by the
Graduate Laboratory Coordinator. When not in use, the film badges must be stored by users
in the designated ca binet, in Room PHY-3333, with control and monitoring badges.
- The laboratory complex is equipped with survey meters capable of
detecting the isotopes in use. These instruments are used to monitor operations involving
- Wipe tests of radioactive sources are made routinely by the Radiation
- Lead or other suitable shielding must be used when radioactive sources
are used in experiments.
- When not in use, radioactive sources must not be left on tables and
benches, but rather must be locked in the Radiation Materials cabinet in room PHY-3323.
- The X-ray equipment in room PHY-2315 (the Condensed Matter Group's X-ray
facilities) will be operated only by competent persons who are trained in its safe use.
- Use protective gloves if there is any possibility of radioactive
contamination of the hands.
- Use protective glasses if there is any possibility of radioactive
contamination of the eyes.
- Remote handling tools, such as forceps, tongs, and pipettes should be
used as necessary to minimize personnel exposure.
- No food, drink, or smoking is permitted in the laboratories.
- In case of an emergency or a radiation exposure incident, call the Radiation Safety Office, X-53988, or the
University Emergency number, X-53333.
Radioactive Materials Inventory
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