Radiation Emergencies

In all emergencies, except very minor spills of radioactive materials, contact either:

between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. After hours, call University Police by dialing 911 if using an on-campus phone, and dialing (631) 632-3333 if using a cell phone or an off-campus phone. Have University Police page the University Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).

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Other Hazards

Follow the following procedures for spills or suspected spills of radioactive materials where material does not become airborne:

  1. Confine Contamination
    • Localize the spill. Drop absorbent material on a liquid spill.
    • Damp down a dry spill.
    • Do not track contamination about the laboratory. Call, do not go for help if possible.
    • Close door and, where possible, adjust ventilation to prevent spread of airborne contamination.
    • Check shoes before leaving area of a cleaned-up spill.
    • Monitor all persons involved in the clean-up and wash well before leaving the area.
  2. Personal Protection
    • Remove contaminated clothing and wash contaminated parts of the body with detergent.
    • Be especially thorough in flushing out wounds.
    • Warn other workers.
  3. Decontamination
    • If thorough washing with detergent does not remove contamination from the body, consult Radiation Protection Services.
    • Permit no person to resume work in the area until the radiation protection personnel has made a final survey and given approval for occupancy.

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