Laboratory Safety Rules

It is the responsibility of those working with radioactive materials to protect themselves and others from radioactive hazards arising from their work. Poor examples and careless working habits can unnecessarily expose others or contaminate facilities. The following safety rules shall be posted in the laboratory and shall be observed at all times:

  • Eating, drinking, smoking, and the application of cosmetics are prohibited in areas that are posted for radioactive materials use.

  • Working with radioactive materials, when open wounds are present on exposed surfaces of the body, is prohibited unless wounds are properly dressed and protected.

  • Pipetting or any similar operation by mouth suction is prohibited.

  • Protective gloves and laboratory coats shall be worn when handling contaminated or potentially contaminated items. The use of protective goggles is also encouraged.

  • Disposable absorbent pads and remote handling devices shall be utilized when possible.

  • Hands should be washed thoroughly after handling radioactive materials and especially before eating.

  • Food items shall not be stored in areas designated for radioactive materials.

  • Personnel monitoring badges shall be worn in controlled areas, as applicable.

  • Radioactive waste shall be disposed of only in the containers provided. Nonstandard containers are prohibited.

  • Stock shipments shall be handled and stored in specially designated locations.

  • Good housekeeping shall be maintained at all times.

  • Spills should be preventable, but in the event of such an accident, follow the established emergency procedures.

  • Conduct radiation meter and wipe test surveys at the required frequency. Monitor hands and clothing prior to leaving the laboratory. When measurements are abnormal, find the cause and take corrective action.

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   Health Science Campus (CI-1001)
   1405 Goss Lane, Augusta, GA 30912-7520
   706-721-2663       706-721-9844
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Note: In the case of a serious injury or life threatening emergency, seek immediate medical attention.