Radioactive Waste Management, Decay, Removal & Disposal
The keys to managing radioactive waste:
- Know which radionuclide it is that needs disposal.
- Segregate the different radionuclides:
- Long-lived (3H, 14C) is not allowed to decay
- Short-lived (32P, 33P, 35S) is allowed to decay (in lab or by RSO).
- Survey the material with the appropriate instrument to limit waste (if not contaminated, regular trash disposal is appropriate).
- Re-use glassware for other radioactive experiments.
When Decaying Radioactive Waste:
- This only applies to half-lives <90 days (RSOP1501.1).
- Ensure entire bag of waste is free of radioactive markings.
- Verify that a minimum of 10 half-lives have passed.
- Check outside of bag and on top of waste with appropriate survey instrument.
- Record results on decay form.
Radioactive Waste Rules, Procedures & Forms:
- Radiation Safety Program Guide Section 15: Radioactive Waste Disposal
- Radioactive Waste Handling & Storage RSOP 1501.1
- Disposal by RSO RSOP 1501.3
- Liquid drain disposal RSOP 1501.2
For disposal and removal of radioactive materials, the RSO must be contacted.