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Radioactive Waste Procedures

Radioactive waste should be segregated by radioisotopes and physical forms:

  • Solid
  • Liquid
  • Sharps
  • 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.