Internal Radiation Exposure Protection
- Bad habits are the primary cause of accidental ingestion or inhalation of radioactive materials.
- Seventy to eighty percent of accidental exposure to RAM is related to eating and drinking in the labs.
Remember there is No Eating, Drinking or Smoking permitted in RAM labs.
- Do not mix lab materials with food or drinks, either in the labs or in freezers or refrigerators.
- Habits such as tobacco/gum chewing, application of cosmetics/chap stick, chewing on pens, or
curling hair with your fingers are habits that increase the chance of personal contamination.
- Never use lab ware for food or drinks.
- Don't use food or drink containers for any HAZMAT. They are not designed for that purpose and
could be accidentally ingested.
- Example: An AUI was carrying 2 mCi of C-14 in a coffee cup. He stopped for a latte and put the cup
down. He left with his latte and didn't realize he had left the C-14 at the coffee stand. Luckily the
material was labeled and the RSO was called. The AUI, when called, was unaware of the
fact the C-14 was left unsecured. His habit of always carrying one coffee cup led to this incident.