Transporting Radioactive Materials on Campus

The requirements for the transportation of radioactive materials within the confines of the university must comply with both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Transporting may involve walking or driving radioactive materials across campus, in either case Radiation Protection Services must be notified before any transfers take place. This is to insure that proper procedures are followed and the movement of radioactive materials within the university can be tracked. Any transfers of radioactive materials between principle investigators must be pre-authorized by the campus Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).

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Package Preparation

All packages used to transport radioactive materials must be strong, tight containers that will not leak under normal transportation conditions (such as dropping, jarring, or temperature extremes). If liquid is shipped, use at least twice the amount of absorbent needed to contain the entire volume, in the event that the container should break or leak. If you are not sure the container you plan to use is adequate, contact Radiation Protection Services at (631) 632-6410 or (631) 632-6411.

Applicable Regulations

49 CFR 173.401 - 49 CFR 173.476 (Subpart I - Class 7 Radioactive Materials) NRC


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