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Emergency Response

Serious Incident

In case of serious accident and/or injury involving radiation or radioactive materials call the Radiation Safety Officer, and dial 911. Tell the dispatcher your name, the building and location, and the seriousness of injury, if any. Phone numbers are posted in the Radiation Laboratory.

Stay on the line until all necessary information is furnished to the dispatcher. The dispatcher will notify the appropriate emergency response agencies. If the Radiation Safety Officer cannot be reached, a member of the Radiation Control and Policy Committee must be notified. Other emergency personnel may also be notified. A current list of names and phone numbers of response personnel are posed in the Radiation Laboratory and with the GSVU Physical Plant. If no serious injury is involved, call the Radiation Safety Officer.

Minor Incident

If your skin comes in contact with radioactive materials:

1. Rinse the area immediately with water, followed by thorough cleansing with soap and water. Then use a decontaminate cleanser made especially for skin.

2. Repeat until a survey shows only background levels of radioactivity.

3. Notify your supervisor of the accident, and assist him/her in preparing a report.

If you spill radioactive material:

1. Stop work and notify others that there is a spill

2. Wearing gloves, blot up the spill using paper towel, unless the spill is too large. In that case leave the area and contact the supervisor

3. Cleanse the area with a decontaminate, and survey until it shows there is only background radioactivity

4. Check your shoes hands and clothing for any contamination

5. Dispose of all paper towels and other cleaning supplies in proper waste disposal areas

6. Notify the supervisor that a spill occurred and assist in filling a spill report.

Lab Spill