Radiation Spills

Radioactive Spills

Decontamination of skin

  • Remove any contaminated article(s) of clothing. Use caution not to spread the contamination to skin.
  • Monitor the skin for contamination using an appropriate portable survey meter.
  • Immediately decontaminate any areas of skin contamination with mild soap and warm water. Use care not to damage skin.
  • Monitor progress using an appropriate portable survey meter.
  • Contact EHS as soon as possible by calling 662-325-3294. After hours or if EHS is unavailable, contact the MSU Police at 662-325-2121.

Small spill cleanup procedures

  • Small spills on benches should be absorbed with paper towels. Take care to avoid spreading the material or contaminating laboratory personnel.
  • Monitor the area with a suitable portable survey meter.
  • Isolate and mark any areas of contamination.
  • Contact EHS as soon as possible by calling 662-325-3294. After hours or if EHS is unavailable, contact the MSU Police at 662-325-2121.

Large spill cleanup procedures

  • Larger spills of contaminated materials or contamination on the floor should be cleaned up under the supervision of the Radiation Safety Officer.
  • The spill area should be isolated until the Radiation Safety Officer arrives. Personnel should leave the immediate area and be monitored with an appropriate survey meter.
  • Contact EHS as soon as possible by calling 662-325-3294. After hours or if EHS is unavailable, contact the MSU Police at 662-325-2121.