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Radiation Accident/Incident

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Employees who use radiation in their work are categorized as radiation workers.  Upon encountering a situation believed to involve radiation risks, note the following:

External Exposure (from X-ray machines or radioactive materials)

  1. The X-Ray machines cannot be activated unless the operator is out of the line-of-sight of the radiographic tube housing and behind a protective barrier.  Portable X-Ray machines are completely shielded, free-standing units.   Call the Radiation Safety Officer for X-Ray equipment at 214-828-8393 or Facilities Services 214-828-8250 if a unit malfunctions.
  2. For laboratory incidents, call the Radiation Safety Officer for Radioactive Materials at 214-828-8323; if no answer, call 214-370-7225.   The radiochemistry kits used in the research laboratories have a very low activity and cannot cause acute injury.
  3. Remove contaminated clothing and thoroughly wash contaminated skin or flush out the eyes with eyewash units.  Liquid waste resulting from decontamination can be flushed down the drain as radioactivity levels are very low.  Contaminated clothing will be bagged and placed in the radioactive waste storage room.
  4. If radioactive material is spilled, the laboratories using them have spill kits available.
  5. Radiation survey meters are available to monitor decontaminated areas and personnel.


Internal Exposure (from radioactive chemicals)

  1. Call the Radiation Safety Officer for Radioactive Materials at 214-828-8323; if no answer, call 214-370-7235.
  2. The radiochemistry kits used in the research laboratories have a very low activity and cannot cause acute injury.
  3. Exposed employees will be taken to the nearest medical facility for evaluation.
    Report accidents or incidents to College Health Services to complete an incident report.