radioactive tubes and must be airtight. A
three-pound coffee can with a plastic lid or
30/50 caliber ammo box is an acceptable
container. The container must be clearly
m a r k e d
R A D I O A C T I V E
S P I L L
Rubber glovesTwo pairs of surgical latex
gloves to prevent contact with contaminated
Forceps or hemostatsUsed for picking up
Masking tapeOne roll of 2-inch-wide tape
for picking up small pieces.
Gauze pads or ragsOne stack of 4-inch
gauze pads (50 pads or more) for wiping down
the area. Do NOT use sponges.
Container of waterA small container of
water (approximately 2 ounces) in an
unbreakable container, for wetting the gauze
pads or rags.
Boundary rope and appropriate signsUsed
for marking the contaminated area.
RespiratorWith filters that are specific for
Radioactive material stickersFor labeling
the material to be disposed of. (These can be
Two 12-inch plastic bagsFor containing the
P r o c e d u r e s S t e p - b y - s t e p
c l e a n u p
Other items recommended by the type
commander and the fleet training group.
5. Isolate the immediate area of exposure to protect
other personnel from possible contamination
6. Follow the established procedures set forth in
7. Do not permit contaminated material to contact
any part of your body.
8. Avoid breathing any vapor or dust that may be
released by tube breakage.
9. Wear rubber or plastic gloves at all times during
cleanup and decontamination procedures.
10. Use a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner (with an
approved disposal collection bag) to remove the
pieces of the tube. The vacuum cleaner should
be designated for Spill Response or For
Cleanup of Radioactive Materials ONLY and
use the standard magenta/yellow markings for
labeling. If a vacuum cleaner is not available,
use forceps and/or a wet cloth to wipe the
affected area. In this case, be sure to make one
stroke at a time. DO NOT use a back-and-forth
motion. After each stroke, fold the cloth in half,
always holding one clean side and using the
other for the new stroke. (Dispose of the cloth in
the manner stated in item 14.)
11. Do not allow any food or drink to be brought into
the contaminated area or near any radioactive
12. Immediately after leaving a contaminated area,
if you handled radioactive material in any way,
remove any contaminated clothing. Also wash
your hands and arms thoroughly with soap and
water and rinse them with clean water.
13. Immediately notify a medical officer if you
sustain a wound from a sharp radioactive object.
If a medical officer can not reach the scene
immediately, stimulate mild bleeding by
applying pressure about the wound and using
suction bulbs. DO NOT USE YOUR MOUTH.
If the wound is a puncture type, or the opening is
small, make an incision to promote free
bleeding, and to enable cleaning and flushing of
14. When you clean a contaminated area, seal all
debris, cleaning cloths, and collection bags in a
container such as a plastic bag, heavy wax paper,
or glass jar. Place the container in a steel can
u n t i l i t c a n b e d i s p o s e d o f p r o p e r l y.
Decontaminate, using soap and water, all tools
and implements you used to remove a
radioactive substance. Monitor the tools and
implements for radiation with an authorized
radiac set. They should emit less than 0.1
MR/HR at the surface. (MR/HR is the
abbreviation for milliroentgen/hour,which is
defined as a unit of radioactive dose of