Non-laboratory Uses of Radioactive Materials

Radioactive materials can be used in a variety of ways for research purposes outside of the laboratory.  Some examples may be:

  • Lead detection in paint,
  • Density measurements as in soil, concrete, and asphalt,
  • Process flow measurements through piping (Abbott Power Plant),
  • Well-logging applications,
  • Environmental studies in animals, plants, soils, or bodies of water.

Specific controls for these activities must be evaluated on an individual basis but in general the following items must be adhered to:

  • Following manufacturer’s procedures and manuals for the use of devices containing radioactive materials,
  • Providing security of the radioactive materials against theft or loss,
  • Providing protection from radiation exposure to members of the public,
  • Obtaining current training and documentation of training for activities for the use of the radioactive materials,
  • Providing containment of radioactive materials to prevent the spread of contamination,
  • Compliance with regulatory discharge limits for radioactive materials,
  • Providing directions for emergency, accident, or other off-normal conditions.

Last Update: 5/2/2014