9.1 General Guidelines and Requirements

  • Keep inventory and radioactive waste records current.
  • Maintain written quality control procedures and records for all equipment used to measure radioactivity and obtain images from radionuclide studies.
  • Prior to the administration of radiopharmaceutical doses, verify that the patient’s name, radionuclide, chemical form, activity, and administration site agree with the authorized user physician’s written order.
  • Prior to the administration of a radiopharmaceutical dose, verify the identity of the patient by more than one method.
  • Use syringe shields and syringe labels as required by regulation and local policy.
  • Use vial shields and vial labels as required by regulation and local policy.
  • Wear appropriate protective apparel and use protective equipment and remote handling tools as necessary for the type and quantity of ionizing radiation present.
  • Wear assigned personal dosimeters while working in areas where radioactive materials are used and stored.
  • Do not eat, drink, apply cosmetics or store personal effects in areas where radioactive materials are used or stored.
  • Use spill trays and absorbent bench paper to prevent/control contamination from radioactive materials.
  • Perform and document radiation contamination and ambient surveys as required by regulation. 
  • Decontaminate items and equipment promptly.  Remove or obliterate all radiation warning labels on items that are no longer contaminated and no longer contain radioactive material as determined by the appropriate survey.
  • Notify EHS of spills and incidents of personnel contamination.
  • Notify EHS of any suspected error in a radiopharmaceutical administration.
  • Pregnant staff should not assist with radiopharmaceutical therapies.