Any accident, injury or loss of control of a radiation
source or radiation producing device that could cause an excessive or
uncontrolled radiation exposure to any individual is referred to as a radiation
emergency. Each user of radiation sources should be familiar with the basic
emergency responses listed below and methods for applying them in his or her
own work area.
In case of a spill of radioactive material, you must respond
in a timely manner to minimize your exposure and take appropriate actions. Employees
are expected to clean up, survey and document their own spills if it is in their capability.
The TSO offers assistance in spill clean-up if so requested. If you enter a lab
with a spill and do not know what the material is or feel uncomfortable with
decontamination procedures, you should contact the TSO for assistance.
are no radioactive
sources at the University that produce radiation exposure risks large
to prevent giving first aid!
1. Protect People
injured people and
prevent any further
injury. If you are qualified to render first aid, do so without regard
to the presence of radioactivity.
the situation involves
machine, turn off the machine (if it is in your capability).
for the usual
precautions for moving
an injured person, individuals should immediately leave the room or
until the extent of the radiological hazard has been
all individuals should remain available in the vicinity until they are checked
contamination and their exposure has been assessed.
should know in advance
who to call
in case of a radiation emergency.
If fire injury or other emergency conditions are involved, first call the appropriate numbers listed on the
1st page of the Campus Directory.
- Dial 911 immediately for
and report the nature of the illness or injury. Inform the
that the injured individual may be contaminated with radioactive
- Notify the Technical Safety Office at extensions 2310
or 2311 during normal working hours OR notify Public Safety, at 282-2515 during
off duty hours. Public Safety will notify the TSO. When reporting any emergency, be sure
the exact nature of the emergency; then give your name and the phone
from which you are calling, the exact location of the emergency
room, nearest entrance, etc.) and the name of the Responsible User, if
known. Do not hang up! Let the dispatcher end the
after all pertinent information is clearly understood.
Any of the
to the situation should be performed provided
they can be carried out safely:
on spilled liquids.
the sash on fume
hoods, but do not turn
off hood exhaust fans.
doors to the area
and post signs or
guards to prevent unauthorized entry.
no one to leave the
area without being
checked for contamination.
of the facility
or equipment after a radiation emergency shall be performed only under
the direction of the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) or his
designee. Re-entry or
re-occupancy must be authorized by the RSO. The RSO shall
record and report, as necessary, any radiation exposures to personnel,
loss of radioactive material, or damage to radiation facilities
from the emergency. If required by the RSO, individuals
in a radiation emergency shall submit specimens for bioassay, surrender
personal clothing or other articles for decontamination or assay, and