- Use appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment, including gloves, lab coat, etc. For some radionuclides, a survey instrument may be helpful in narrowing down areas of contamination.
- Dike around the spill with absorbent material such as paper towels to prevent the spread of the contaminated area. Try to block access to any drains or hazardous materials.
- Use a decontamination solution (such as RadiacWash or IsoClean) or a strong detergent to clean up the spill with paper towels.
- When wiping the area with the paper towels, be sure to wipe from the outside to inside in order to prevent spreading the contamination.
- Dispose of all diking and clean-up materials in an appropriate radioactive waste container.
- Take a wipe smear survey of the area to be sure it is clean. If it is twice background, repeat cleaning process.
- Record all wipe smear results in the laboratory’s Radiation Survey Logbook. Refer to the Radiation Survey Chapter for further information.
Radiation Safety Handbook Appendix N – Liquid Spill Procedures
This Environmental Health & Safety guideline documentation is intended for researchers working with radiation.
Revised as of October 1, 2010