V. RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT
IDENTIFY methods for reducing radioactive waste.
Segregate waste by waste stream category and half-life to facilitate storage,
minimization, and disposal.
Each laboratory should have a designated location for storing waste. Radioactive
waste should be stored separately from hazardous waste. This location should be out
of the way of normal lab activities, but easily accessible, recognizable, and properly
labeled and shielded.
Liquid waste materials should be kept in secondary containers and segregated by
hazard class. Secondary containers may be lab trays or any device that will contain
110 percent of the largest container.
Contaminated syringes, glass pipettes, and other sharp items must be placed in a
specifically designed, rigid container.
Methods for Minimizing Waste
Minimize waste generation
a. Confine operations: Confine operations with radioactive materials to as
small an area as possible.
b. Minimize materials: Minimize materials introduced into radioactive
material handling areas.
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