Receipt and Opening of Radioactive Packages
Upon receipt of a radioactive package:
package to ensure that it is not damaged (i.e., wetness, crushed). If
damage is noted, immediately notify the Radiation Safety Officer (X8925).
You will receive with your
package, a "Radionuclide
Package Receipt Log" and a "Radionuclide
shall be monitored as soon as practical after receipt. (But, within
3 hours of receipt, as required).
a lab coat, a radiation monitoring badge and ring badge (if applicable) prior to and
during the opening of the package.
A. If the package is labeled with a White I, Yellow
II, or Yellow III radiation label, follow the below procedure:
- Before opening the package, measure the exposure rate from the package first at one meter and then at the package surface, with a survey meter. If it is higher than expected, stop and notify the Radiation Safety Officer. (In addition, if the reading is too high during the one meter reading do not move closer to conduct the surface reading.) Record all readings on the "Radionuclide Package Receipt Log".
Survey Limits for a Radioactive White 1 Label:
a. If survey results at surface are > 0.5 mR/hr, contact the Radiation Safety Officer.
b. If survey results at one meter are > background, contact the Radiation Safety Officer.
- Wipe test an area not less than 100 cm2 of external package surface. Count the wipe in an appropriate counter to check for contamination prior to opening the box. If the wipe is found to possess removable contamination above 1000 dpm/100cm2, contact the Radiation Safety Officer. Record the wipe result on the "Radionuclide Package Receipt Log".
- Open the package with the following precautionary steps:
- Open the outer package following the supplier's instructions, if provided. (Central Stockroom personnel has removed the packing slip)
- Open the inner package and verify that the contents agree with your Radionuclide Package Receipt Log and order.
- Check the integrity of the final source container. Look for broken seals or vials, loss of liquid, condensation, or discoloration of the packing material. Take a wipe of the final source container (usually plastic) to check for contamination which could be spread throughout the laboratory. Record the wipe test results on the Radionuclide Package Receipt Log.
- Take a wipe of the vial containing the radioactive material. Record the wipe test results on the Radionuclide Package Receipt Log.
- If anything is other than expected, stop and notify the Radiation Safety Officer.
- If no removable contamination is detected, place the radioactive material in the appropriate secured storage area.
- Monitor the packing material and the empty packages for contamination with a survey meter before discarding.
- If contaminated, treat this material as radioactive waste.
- If not contaminated, remove or obliterate the radiation labels before discarding in in-house trash.
- Record all results on the Radionuclide Package Receipt Log.
B. If the package is not labeled as Radioactive, skip steps 1 and 4 of the preceding procedure. However, follow steps 2 and 3. Also, if the package was damaged in any way, DO NOT skip any steps.
Return the Radionuclide Package Receipt Log and your wipe test
printout to the Radiation Safety Officer immediately. (McNeil Science and Technology Center, room #221 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Utilization Form must be kept in the laboratory to keep track of the amount
of radioactive material used, and the disposal method, for each stock vial.
Each time radioactive material is withdrawn from the vial it should be recorded
on this form. Use one form for each stock vial.
When the remaining balance is zero, or the stock vial is disposed
of, return this form to the EHRS Department.