Laboratory Spill Procedure

The radiation worker responsible for a spill is also responsible for decontamination.  Environmental Services is not authorized to clean radioactive spills.  It is the responsibility of individuals who work with radioactive materials to have a basic understanding of decon-tamination principles.  Emergency procedures shall be posted in all radioactive material laboratories.

Major Spill Response (equal to or greater than 1 millicurie)

  1. Stop work.
  2. Warn others.
  3. Isolate the spill.
  4. Keep potentially contaminated personnel nearby for follow-up.
  5. Keep uninvolved people out of area until cleanup or appropriate measures are completed.
  6. Call the Radiation Safety Office for assistance.

Minor Spill Response (less than 1 millicurie)

  1. Stop work.
  2. Warn others.
  3. Isolate the spill.
  4. Keep uninvolved people out of area until cleanup is complete.
  5. Complete decontamination,
  6. Document the contamination level post-cleanup.
  7. Notify the Radiation Safety Office. (706) 721-9826 (after hours (706) 664-8607)

Radiation Safety Office Response Actions

  1. Supervise cleanup or restriction of area until emergency no longer exists.
  2. Verify that the area is decontaminated.
  3. Follow-up on potentially contaminated personnel.
  4. Notify regulatory agencies if necessary.


Contact Us

   Health Science Campus (CI-1001)
   1405 Goss Lane, Augusta, GA 30912-7520
   706-721-2663       706-721-9844
  EMERGENCY: 706-721-2911

Note: In the case of a serious injury or life threatening emergency, seek immediate medical attention.