Radioactive waste should be segregated by radioisotopes and physical forms:
- Liquid Scintillation Vials
- Source Vials
EHLS provides yellow radioactive waste bags for solids and a 5-gallon carboy for liquids.
- Dry, solid radioactive waste is placed in the yellow “Radioactive Waste” bags
- Liquid radioactive waste is collected in the carboys - Aqueous Liquids, Organic Liquids, and Pump Oils. DO NOT combine separate liquid wastes. Each liquid waste listed above should be in a separate carboy.
- Radioactive contaminated sharps are placed in the sharps containers labeled with “Radioactive Material”. Containers are provided by EHS upon request.
- Scintillation vials are a separate waste stream and should be placed in yellow radioactive waste bags (double bagged), separate from solid radioactive waste
- Source vials should be packaged in their original container with the radioactive isotope tracking form.
The Radioactive Waste Disposal Form must be filled out completely prior to requesting a radioactive waste pick-up request. This form is not required for source vials.
Consult the Radiation Safety Manual for detailed requirements.