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Foreword
Emergency Numbers
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. EH&S Policy
2. Occupational Injury
3. Public Safety
4. Emergencies
5.  Injury/Illness
6. Asbestos
7. Hazardous Waste
8. Bio Waste
9. Rad Waste
10. Recycling
11. HazCom & DHS
12. Office Safety
13. Lab Safety
14 Shop Safety
15 Personal Protection
16. Hazard Evaluation
17. Safe Lifting
18. Safety Policies
19. Warning Signs
20. Safety Services
21. Non-lab Training
22. Research Training
23. Training classes
Location Map

9. RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT

All radioactive materials (including uranium & thorium  compounds), x-ray devices, and similar radiation equipment must be licensed to be purchased, used and stored at NMSU. Licensing must be done via the NMSU Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) at EH&S. The Radiation Safety Committee reviews each new application. The NMSU Radiation safety manual is on the NMSU Safety website and radiation training is available from EH&S.

Disposal options for radioactive material include decay in storage, transfer to EH&S, sewer disposal and transfer to a licensed user.

Each user of radioactive material is responsible for segregating waste by isotope and type.

Waste must be stored in an appropriate, properly labeled, leak proof container.

Records of radioisotope use and disposition are maintained by each authorized user.

Biodegradable or environmentally safe scintillation cocktails must be used because of disposal restrictions on hazardous wastes contaminated with radioactivity.

All types of radioactive waste must be segregated by isotope except for carbon-14 and tritium, which may be mixed.

Classification of Radioactive Waste

Solid Waste, includes laboratory trash, paper, plastic, gloves, soils, test tubes and glassware. Broken glass or sharps must be placed in a rigid, puncture proof container labeled “sharps.”

Liquid Scintillation Vial (LSV) Wastes are scintillation fluids inside closed vials.

Bulk Liquid Scintillation Fluids containing other liquids must be clearly labeled with the percentage of each component in the waste container.

Aqueous Wastes that are readily soluble, not otherwise hazardous, and fall within specified limits may be disposed in the sanitary sewer as authorized in the user’s permit.

Biological Waste (contaminated animal carcasses, tissues, blood, human and animal secretions) and Special Waste (hazardous chemical pathogenic or infectious material) requires pre-approval by the RSO at EH&S (646-3327).

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