Do not eat, drink, or perform other hand-to-mouth procedures (e.g. licking stamps or labels,applying makeup, etc) in any room or lab which has been posted Caution - Radioactive Materials. Do not mouth pipette.
Do not bring personal belongings into the radioactive work areas of the lab. Avoid wearing rings, watches, and similar items during work. Wearing shorts or open-toed shoes is also not recommended.
Do not work with radioactive materials if you have an open cut or wound.
Do not store food or drink containers in the same location as radioactive materials. This
particularly applies to refrigerators containing, or labeled as containing, radioactive
If issued a radiation dosimeter, wear it when working with radiation sources.
When doing a new procedure, perform a "dry run" without radioactive materials to learn the procedure.
Immediately after use or work with radioactive materials, wash hands then monitor them
thoroughly. Monitor hands and clothing for radioactive contamination during and after
work, especially before leaving the lab. If you are contaminated or suspect that you are
contaminated, wash the contaminated area and re-monitor as necessary. Notify Radiation
Safety of problems.
Workers should be thoroughly familiar with the properties of the radionuclide(s) they are
using. If you are uncertain about the safety of a procedure or have any questions about
radioactivity, call Radiation Safety, 5-5000.
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