Facilities used to house laboratory animals containing radioactive materials are approved on a case-by-case basis. Protocols involving the use of radioactive materials in animals require approval from the Radiation Safety Committee and the Office of Animal Resources (OAR). A “Hazardous Agent Review” form must be developed for research studies requiring OAR housing of animals containing radioactive material and must describe procedures for managing radioactive excreta, carcasses and contaminated cages and facilities. This form is available online at the Office of Animal Resources.
Additionally, animal cages are required to be labeled with a “Caution – Radioactive Materials” warning notice, which includes the radionuclide administered, the activity (in microcuries), the date of the administration, the measured external radiation level at one foot from the cage, the name(s) and phone number(s) of the individual(s) to contact in the event of an emergency.
The user is responsible for preparing solid excreta, bedding and animal carcasses for disposal according to the instructions provided in EHS’s “Waste Management Guidelines and Procedures Manual." Contact EHS regarding specific requirements.
Cages must be cleaned, decontaminated, and surveyed before they are returned to the OAR for unrestricted use.