5.8 General Rules of Good Practice

All work with radioactive material should be conducted in a manner designed to keep radiation exposure “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA). 

  • Review protocols involving radioactive materials to determine which activities have the potential to produce contamination, volatile materials, and/or aerosols.  Work efficiently to minimize radiation exposure.
  • Know emergency information and have available in the posted area. Consider all hazards involved in the work, such as mechanical, electrical, chemical, biological, and fire, as well as radiological.
  • Work over absorbent, plastic-backed bench paper or spill trays to prevent contamination of facilities.
  • Keep radioactive waste containers covered/capped when not in use.
  • After working with radioactive materials, personnel should wash their hands and check hands and shoes for contamination.
  • Monitor work surfaces and equipment for contamination.