Module 9: Radioactive Contamination Control
During pre-job briefings, discuss measures that will
help reduce or prevent contamination spread. The
agreed upon measures should be implemented by
workers at the job site.
Change protective gear (e.g., gloves) as necessary
(typically as directed by Radiological Control
personnel) to prevent cross-contamination.
Stage areas to prevent contamination spread from
Cover work area to minimize cleanup afterward.
Cover piping/equipment below a work area to
prevent dripping contamination onto cleaner areas.
Cap contaminated pipes or systems when not in use.
Prepare tools and equipment to prevent
Bag or sleeve hoses and lines to prevent
Minimize the equipment and tools taken into and
out of contamination areas.
Cover/tape tools or equipment used during the job to
minimize decontamination after the job (i.e., taping
up a screwdriver before use).
Use good housekeeping practices; clean up during
and after jobs.
"Good Housekeeping" is a prime factor in an
effective contamination control program. Each
radiological worker should keep his/her work area
neat and clean to control the spread of