Short Lived Waste

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    Short lived waste is radioactive waste with a half-life less than 120 days that can be stored in your lab for decay.

  • Donít mix materials with different half lives or you must decay for the radionuclide with the longest half life.


  • Decay for a minimum of 10 half lives prior to disposal.


  • Always monitor before disposal. Some higher activity waste may still have counts above background and should be kept until the waste does not read above natural background.


  • Deface all labels that identify the "decayed" waste as radioactive before throwing anything away.


  • Discard in normal trash unless the material is hazardous or bio-hazardous.


  • Obliterate any packing or label that says radioactive or has a radiation trefoil.


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