The University of Iowa

Radioactive Waste

The University of Iowa generates radioactive waste as the result of teaching, research, and patient care activities. The University’s Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) manages radioactive isotope use through its Radiation Protection Program, and radioactive waste disposal through its Radiation Waste Management Program. EHS provides technical assistance and training to individuals and departments who generate waste so they can comply with rules and regulations that direct waste generation activities.

Radioactive waste disposal is regulated by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA regulations apply to "mixed waste," i.e., waste that is both radioactive and hazardous chemical.


Contact information and areas of expertise can be found on the Contact Us page.



  • Radioactive Waste Management - W086RD
    • Recommended as a refresher course after Basic Radiation Safety Training is completed.
    • Audience: Persons generating radioactive waste in labs.

For further training and registration information, go to EHS Safety Training.