10.3 Personnel Contamination and Injury

Remove contaminated clothing and flood the exposed area with warm water and wash with a mild soap.  Continue until contamination has been removed or upon the advice of EHS.  Avoid the use of abrasive materials that could injure skin and increase absorption.  Do not use organic solvents; these compounds may increase the probability of the radioactive material penetrating the pores of the skin.  In some instances, it may be possible to cover that contaminated area with plastic wrap to induce perspiration that can help remove contamination from the skin. Notify EHS at 335-8501 of all incidents of personnel contamination as soon as possible.

Never delay medical attention due to the possibility of radioactive contamination.  Medical attention is available 24 hours a day at the UIHC’s Emergency Treatment Center or by calling 356-2233.  Report all personal injuries as required to your supervisor and EHS.

  • Minor injuries.  Wash with soap and water to remove contamination.
  • Major injuries.  Call 911 and provide medical treatment appropriate for the nature of the injury.
  • Splash in eyes.  Immediately rinse eyes continuously with water for at least 15 minutes.  Obtain medical attention as needed.