Emergency situations can arise from the use, storage, or transfer of radioactive material or the misuse of radiation-producing devices such as x-ray units.  Incidents may involve the loss of radioactive material, the spread of radioactive contamination, or the accidental exposure of individuals.

In the event of a spill or emergency involving radioactive material, the immediate objectives are to prevent or reduce the chance of personnel contamination, prevent dispersal of the contaminant, and decontaminate the area.

The Preventing or Reducing the Dispersal of Radioactive Contamination Following a Spill procedure explains how to minimize radioactive contamination after a spill.

Emergency Numbers

 Medical emergencies (e.g. serious illness or injury)
  •  U-M Police Department at 911 or (734) 763-1131
 Non-medical incidents
  • Business Hours (7:30 am – 4:30 pm)
    RSS at (734) 764-6200 or Hazardous Materials Management at (734) 763-4568
  • Evenings and Weekends
    U-M Police Department at 911 or (734) 763-1131

EHS/DPSS  Emergency Procedures Flip-Chart

EHS and the Department of Public Safety and Security jointly have prepared an easy-to-use Emergency Procedures and Preparedness flip-chart available to all labs and facilities on the U-M Ann Arbor Campus. The chart addresses the proper steps to take in the event of emergencies of various types, including response to radioactive contamination incidents.

Each lab should have a copy of the flip-chart posted in a visible location and all employees should familiarize themselves with its contents.

Contact EHS at (734) 647-1143 to request a copy of the flip-chart.