Divisions
Radiological Exposures and Spills

Minor Radiological Spills

  • Prevent access to the spill to prevent personnel exposure and the spread of radioactive contamination. Cordon off the area.
  • Call Duke Police (911 from a campus phone or 919-684-2444 from a cell phone) and ask for Radiation Safety assistance.
  • Wear personal protective equipment, including safety goggles, disposable gloves, shoe covers and long sleeved lab coat.
  • Place absorbent paper towels over liquid spills. Place towels dampened with water over solid materials.
  • Use forceps to place towels in plastic bag. Dispose of in a low-level, radioactive waste container.
  • Monitor area, hands and shoes for any contamination with an appropriate survey meter or method.
  • Repeat clean-up until contamination is no longer detected.

Radiological Spill on Body

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Rinse exposed area thoroughly with water.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary.
  • Call Duke Police (911 from a campus phone or 919-684-2444 from a cell phone) and ask for Radiation Safety assistance.
  • Report incident to supervisor and Radiation Safety Office and complete a work-related injury/illness report as indicated under Personal Injury.

Major Radiological Spills

  • Attend to injured or contaminated persons and remove them from spill area.
  • Seek medical attention for the injured persons immediately — this takes precedence over any radiation concerns.
  • Have potentially contaminated personnel stay in one area until they have been monitored and shown free of contamination.
  • Prevent access to the spill to prevent personnel exposure and the spread of radioactive contamination. Cordon off the area.
  • Call Duke Police (911 from a campus phone or 919-684-2444 from a cell phone) and ask for Radiation Safety assistance.
  • Have person knowledgeable of incident and area assist emergency personnel.

Laser Exposure

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Call Duke Police (911 from a campus phone or 919-684-2444 from a cell phone) and ask for Radiation Safety assistance.
  • Report incident to supervisor and Radiation Safety Office and complete a work-related injury/illness report as indicated under Personal Injury.

OESO Radiation Safety Division
Non-emergency - (919) 684-2194
Emergency, call Duke Police - 911 or (919) 684-2444

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