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Radiation Emergency Procedures

 

Radiation Safety Office (RSO) Emergency Numbers
Chem. & Nuclear Engineering Bldg. 090 Room 2306 Anytime: 911
University of MarylandDaytime: (301) (301) 314-8336
College Park Campus 

Type of Emergency Hazard Immediate Precautions Follow Up
Minor Spills Radiation: No immediate radiation hazard to personnel
  1. Notify all persons in room
  2. Confine spill immediately
  3. Notify RSO
Permit no one to work in area until approval of RSO
Major Spills Radiation: May be great hazard to personnel
  1. Notify personnel to vacate room
  2. Make no attempt to clean up spill
  3. Switch off fans and vacate room
  4. Provide temporary barricade
  5. Notify the RSO
Decontamination of personnel and equipment (including spill itself) as prescribed by the RSO
Accident Involving:

Dust    Mist
Fumes    Vapors
Gases
Radiation: Internal hazard due to possible ingestion and inhalation
Contamination: Easily spread when airborne
  1. Notify others to vacate room
  2. Close windows and shut off air
  3. Provide temporary barricade
  4. Notify RSO
Do not re-enter until RSO gives approval
Injuries Involving:
Radiation Hazards
Contaminations
Contamination: Wounds usually greatest hazard
  1. Wash wound immediately under running water
  2. Call Physician - Student Health Center
  3. Notify RSO
Permit no one involved in accident to return to work without approval of RSO and Physician
Fires Involving
Radioactivity
Radiation: Internal hazard from airborne activity
Contamination: May be spread by fire fighting techniques
  1. Pull fire alarm to notify all persons in room and building to evacuate at once
  2. Call the Fire Department (FD) 911 from a safe location
  3. Notify RSO
  4. Meet the FD outside
Govern emergency activities by the restrictions of the RSO
X- Ray InjuriesRadiation: Superficial and/or deep tissue burns
  1. Shut off machine (Do Not alter machine configuration until RSO inspection)
  2. Call Physician - Student Health Center
  3. Notify RSO
Permit no one involved in accident to return to work without approval of RSO and Physician