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ISU Technical Safety Office, Campus Box 8106
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-2311/2310

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laboratory safety procedures


Each person who works with unsealed or dispersible radioactive materials is responsible for:

  • knowing the basic properties of the radioactive materials to be used, e.g. the half-life of the radionuclide(s), the type(s) of radiation emitted, the annual limit on intake (ALI) and the type and quantity of the appropriate regional shielding.
  • surveying of gloves, clothing, equipment and work area frequently during procedures in which more than 1 ALI is manipulated, and surveying of hands and personal clothing before leaving the laboratory.
  • providing a urine sample, obtaining a thyroid countor or other bioassay measurements, at intervals specified by the RSO. 
  • recording the results of all radiation surveys and screening bioassays promptly, completely and accurately.


Each room containing more than 10 times the Reference Quantity values given in 10CFR20, Appendix C and RPR10 must be labeled with a "CAUTION RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS" label.  For rooms containing X-ray machines "CAUTION X-RAY EQUIPMENT" label should be used.

If any dose rate exceeds 2 mrem in any one hour at 30 cm (1ft.) from an accessible source or surface, the room shall be posted as a "RESTRICTED AREA" to prevent entry of unauthorized individuals.  If any dose rate exceeds 5 mrem in any one hour at 30 cm (1ft.) from an accessible source or a surface, the room must be labeled with a "CAUTION RADIATION AREA" sign. 

A "NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES", available from the RSO, must be posted in a location clearly visible to anyone entering the laboratory.

All containers of radioactive materials should be labeled with the "CAUTION, RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL" or "DANGER, RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL" sign.

Survey Instruments
The responsible user shall ensure that instruments used
for determining exposure rates or for direct detection of
contamination are calibrated biannually and capable of
responding appropriately to the types of radiation anticipated.

The user must know the detection efficiency (e.g. % efficiency for the radionuclides being used in the laboratory, cpm/dpm) for each
contamination survey instrument and record it with all survey results. 
Lantern Mantle Check Sources
We have recently provided laminated lantern mantle check sources to verify that your survey instrument is in proper working order.  Contact TSO if you do not know how to use these.
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