Radiation

Radiation

Radiation is energy in the form of waves or moving subatomic particles. It can be classified in two categories: ionizing or non-ionizing. The most common use of the word "radiation" refers to ionizing radiation. Radioactive material is a physical material that emits ionizing radiation.

Ionizing radiation has many practical uses in medicine, research, construction, and other areas; however, it also presents a health hazard to humans if used improperly.

For Personnel Injury Involving Radioactive Material Contamination

  • Provide First Aid immediately for serious injuries
  • Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone)
  • Notify Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) at (979) 862-1111
  • As possible, without doing harm to the victim, monitor the injury and remove contaminated clothing and gross personal contamination

For Radioactive Contamination of Personnel:

  • Remove and bag all contaminated clothing
  • Call Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) at (979) 862-1111 to report the incident
  • Skin contamination should be cleaned using mild soap and tepid water. Use portable survey meter to monitor for remaining contamination. If not free of contamination, re-wash and re-survey
  • Survey the contamination elsewhere on the body as well as on clothes, shoes, floor, door handles, telephones, etc.
  • Document the entire incident with either a signed memo/letter or an e-mail from an official university e-mail account to EHS

For Radiation Spill or Release:

  • Stop work and confine the spill immediately using an absorbent, enclosure, etc.
  • Call Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) at (979) 862-1111 to report the incident
  • Warn others of the hazard and isolate the area
  • Monitor personnel during and after cleanup for contamination
  • Collect all used cleanup materials as radioactive waste. Remove and bag all contaminated clothing or cleaning items for removal by EHS
  • Commence wipe surveys and decontamination. Perform surveys of surrounding areas to ensure that all contaminated areas are identified
  • Document the entire incident with either a signed memo/letter or an e-mail from an official university e-mail account to EHS

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