Collect MSDS’s for all hazardous chemicals that may be used in conjunction with radioactive materials work. Maintain a call list (daytime and after-hours) of individuals who should be notified in the event of a spill. Maintain appropriate spill response supplies. These supplies can be obtained from lab safety suppliers, and the University’s General, Biochemistry and Chemistry Stores.
Some general guidelines include:
- Report all spills and incidents of personnel contamination to EHS (335-8501) and the principal investigator.
- Notify others in the area that a spill has occurred and restrict movement of personnel in the area to avoid the spread of contamination.
- If the spill involves other hazards such as a serious personal injury or fire, call 911.
- Do not delay medical assistance for personal injuries because of the possibility of contamination. Inform medical responders of the potential contamination and material involved so that they can take appropriate action.
- Monitor individuals in spill areas for possible contamination prior to their leaving the area. Monitoring should include hands, clothing, and soles of shoes.
- Do not risk contamination to save an experiment unless not doing so would cause a significant safety risk.
- If necessary, cover the spill with absorbent material to prevent the spread of contamination.
- Survey the area, as appropriate, to determine the extent of the contamination.
- Wear appropriate protective apparel such as shoe covers, disposable gloves and a lab coat when cleaning up a radioactive materials spill.