Radioactive Waste Handling Chart

DESIGNATION

EXAMPLES

CRITERIA

CONTAINMENT

DISPOSAL PROCEDURE

SOLID - low level

gloves,

paper toweling,

empty scintillation vials

for H-3, C-14, P-33, S-35:

possibly  contaminated but not  likely

 

for P-32 and I-125:

<100 cpm measured with the Geiger-Counter

Specially marked foot operated garbage cans lined with plastic bags

Remove plastic bag, complete waste tag and tie to bag, record waste tag number on
inventory sheet(s) and transfer bag to B7249 Hot Lab

SOLID - high level

pipette tips,

eppendorf holders,

contaminated bench paper

for H-3, C-14, P-33, S-35:

anything which has been in intimate contact 
with radioisotope

 

for P-32 and I-125:

>100 cpm above background measured 
with the G.M.

for H-3, C-14, P-33, S-35:

beaker lined with plastic bag

 

for P-32 and I-125:

shielded box (plexiglass or lead) lined with a plastic bag

Remove plastic bag, complete waste tag and tie to bag, record waste tag number on inventory sheet(s) and transfer bag to B7249 Hot Lab. In the case of P-32 and I-125, transport with appropriate shielding

SOLID - Radioactive Sharps

syringes,  needles, scalpel blades, razor blades

 

Radioactive Sharps Container available from the Bioscience Hot Lab

Label with waste tag, record activity on inventory sheet and take to B7249 Hot Lab

SOLID – glass

Pasteur pipettes, test tubes, 
broken glass

 

Wide mouthed plastic jugs with secured lid, or by prior arrangement, a plastic lined box, or THICK plastic bags

Label with waste tag, record activity on inventory sheet and take to B7249 Hot Lab

Solid - Animal Materials

animal excrement,

carcasses,

animal tissue or tissue digests

H-3           < 37 MBq/kg

C-14         < 3.7 MBq/kg

P-33          < 1 MBq/kg

S-35          < 0.37 MBq/kg

P-32          < 0.37 MBq/kg

I-125         < 0.037 MBq/kg

Store in freezer until disposal is arranged with Hot Lab Technician

Wrap in plastic bag,  tag, record activity on inventory sheet, and take to B7249 Hot Lab with prior arrangement (tel: 3506)

 

DESIGNATION

EXAMPLES

CRITERIA

CONTAINMENT

DISPOSAL PROCEDURE

AQUEOUS LIQUID - low level

(water based)

sequencing buffer

water soluble materials

H-3           < 1,000 cpm/ml

C-14         < 200 cpm/ml

P-32          < 200 cpm/ml

Empty plastic bottle or jug with secure lid. 
NO GLASS.

 

Note: shielding may be required for P-32 
and I-125 waste

Remove 1 ml sample of liquid and count on Liquid Scintillation Counter.  Record activity on tag and on inventory sheet. Place bottle  in plastic bag, and seal. Transfer to B7249 Hot Lab.

AQUEOUS LIQUID - high level

(water based)

reaction products which are water soluble

H-3           >1,000 cpm/ml

C-14         >200 cpm/ml

P-32          >200 dpm/ml

P-33          all aqueous waste

S-35          all aqueous waste

I-125         all aqueous waste

Empty plastic bottle or jug with secure lid. 
NO GLASS.

 

Note: Shielding may be required for P-32 
and I-125 waste

Remove 1 ml sample of liquid and count on Liquid Scintillation Counter.  Record activity on tag and on inventory sheet. Place bottle  in plastic bag, and seal. Transfer to B7249 Hot Lab.

ORGANIC LIQUID

scintillation liquid,

solvent based reaction materials,

chlorinated materials,

toxic materials, water insoluble materials

 

empty plastic bottle or jug with secure lid. 
NO GLASS.

Note: Shielding may be required for P-32 
and I-125 waste

Remove 1 ml sample of liquid and count on Liquid Scintillation Counter.  Record activity on tag and on inventory sheet. Place bottle  in plastic bag, and seal. Transfer to B7249 Hot Lab.

RADIOACTIVE  and
BIOHAZARDOUS

radioactive blood, bacteria

viruses, primate body fluids

Biohazard Classification

Risk Group 1 or 2.

Contact Occupational Health and Safety at 5728 for procedures before packaging waste.

Do NOT autoclave radioactivebiohazardous materials.  Label container with waste tag and transfer to B7249 Hot Lab.

RADIOACTIVE and BIOHAZARDOUS SHARPS radioactive and biohazardous needles, syringes, scalpel blades, razor blades

Biohazard Classification

Risk Group 1 or 2.

Designated Red Biohazardous Sharps Container available from Science Stores. Contact Occupational Health and Safety at 5728 for procedures before packaging waste. Do NOT autoclave radioactivebiohazardous materials.  Label container with waste tag and transfer to B7249 Hot Lab.