I. Minor Spills: Involving no Radiation Hazard to Personnel: Survey Meter readings up to 2.5 mr/hr, or for weak beta emitters such as H-3 or C-14 up to 100 uCi.
- Notify all persons in the room at once.
- Permit only the minimum number of persons necessary to deal with the spill into the area.
- Confine the spill to the area using paper towels or absorbent pads.
- Liquid Spills: Don protective gloves, drop absorbent paper on to the spill.
- Dry Spills: Don protective gloves, dampen area of spill thoroughly making sure contamination is not spread.
- Using a soapy solution or professional decon spray and paper towels clean the spill from the outside perimeter of the spill inward.
- Avoid spreading the contamination beyond its original area.
- Check the area for contamination using a wipe test.
- Clean area until contamination levels are below acceptable limits.
- Dispose of contaminated items as radioactive waste.
II. Major Spills: Involving Radiation Hazards to Personnel:
- Notify all persons not involved in spill to vacate the room at once.
- If the spill is liquid, and the hands are protected, right the container.
- If the spill is on the skin, wash the affected area for at least 15 minutes.
- For a spill on clothing, remove outer garments and place in disposal bag, and keep contamination confined to the room in which the spill occurred.
- Switch off all fans.
- Vacate the room.
- Notify the Radiation Safety Office at x2243 as soon as possible.
III Personal Contamination:
- Wash the affected area with lukewarm water and a mild soap for at least 15 minutes.
- Do not use an abrasive cleaner or brush.
- Survey the affected area with a GM detector if the contamination is a high energy beta, gamma or x-ray emitter. Otherwise repeat the process three times to thoroughly clean the area.
- Report the contamination to the Radiation Safety Officer.
IV. Accidents Involving Radioactive Dusts, Mists, Fumes, Organic:
Vapors and Gases:
- Notify all other persons to vacate the room immediately.
- Hold breath and switch off all air circulating devices if time permits.
- Vacate the room, close windows, lock door and post notice at entrance.
- Notify the Radiation Safety Officer at x2243 at once.
V. Injuries to Personnel: Involving Radioactive Materials:
- For serious injuries call 4111 to obtain EMTs and an ambulance.
- Wash minor wounds immediately under running water for at least 15 minutes to remove contamination.
- Make the victim comfortable and administer basic first aid if qualified.
- Inform the EMTs that the individual is potentially contaminated with radioactive material.
- Report all radiation accidents to the Radiation Safety Officer as soon as possible (wounds, overexposure, ingestion and inhalation).
VI. Persons to be notified in the Event of an Emergency:
Radiation Safety Office: (718) 430-2243
Radiation Safety Officer: Peter Babin
VII. 24 Hours Emergency Number:
Dial x4111 and state the problem and your location. A Safety Officer will be paged.