Radiation Accidents

Any Radiation User who knows or suspects contamination has occurred should immediately report the fact, with as much detail as possible, to the supervisor in the lab or the Permit Holder.

All incidents involving abnormal exposure and/or contamination must be reported to the EHS Office, either at the time (if immediate assistance is needed) or as soon as possible afterwards and complete the UNB Internal Accident Report form.

It is important to be prepared in advance of radiation spill by reading Procedure 14 of the UNB Radiation Safety Manual entitled "Accidents & Emergencies:.

In the event First Aid is required, the treatment of the injury must take precedence even with contaminated persons. It may, however, be possible to "contain" any contamination by confining all such persons to the same area and immediately alerting the hospital (call 9-911), Security (453-4830) and the EHS Office (453-5075).

Injuries required medical assistance must take precedence over all other considerations. The Hospital emergency Department should be warned of the patient's arrival and given following information:

  • Name(s) of patient(s)
  • Nature of any suspected contamination:
    • Radioisotope involved
    • Total activity involved
    • Physical form of material (power, liquid)
    • Chemical form of material
  • Extent of suspected contamination (e.g. on skin, inhaled, ingested, etc.)
  • Nature of injuries (cuts, burns, fractures, etc.)
  • Any and all information about the nature and activity of the contamination will assist in the attending physical with treatment of the injury.

In the event of fire, personnel should follow the University procedures for fire or explosion. Laboratory personnel should see that the door to the radioactive area is closed and take all reasonable steps to prevent the combustion of radioactive materials. The Security Office should be contacted (453-4830) and the EHS Office must be notified (453-5075).

Refer further to the UNB Radiation Safety Manual Procedure 14, page P14-1, for more detail.