Rules for Labs Using Sealed Sources
- Only AUTHORIZED PROJECT PERSONNEL may handle the sources in this room.
- Sources must be handled in accordance with the instructions in the RADIATION PROJECT AUTHORIZATION DOCUMENTS.
- Notify Radiation Safety to obtain approval prior to moving radiation sources to other authorized locations.
- Sealed sources may not be removed from their source holders.
- Sealed sources may not be opened.
- Damage to sealed sources must be immediately reported to the Radiation Safety Section.
- Contamination detected from a sealed source must be immediately reported to the Radiation Safety Section.
- Radiation warning labels may not be removed from sealed sources or sealed source storage containers.The label should properly identify the radionuclide, activity, and date.
- Return sources to storage when not in use.
- Unshielded sources should be attended by a knowledgeable individual at all times.Store sealed sources properly. Where appropriate, return each source to its shielded storage container. Post radioactive material identification signs on any drawer or cabinet in which a sealed source is stored. Be sure radiation levels around storage locations do not exceed permissible limits. Refer to Chapter 11, Sections 11.7 and 11.8 of the Radiation Safety Manual for additional information.
- Gas chromatography detector cells containing H-3 sources must be vented through a laboratory fume hood or another suitable ventilation system approved by the Radiation Safety Section.
- Transfers of sources to other UIC projects or to other institutions may be done only in accordance with instructions in the project authorization documents or the Radiation Safety Manual.
- Notify the Radiation Safety Section if you wish to dispose of any sealed source as waste.
For more information about radiation safety or to sign up for radiation safety lectures, please call (312) 996-7429. For emergencies after normal working hours, call (312) 996-8440.