Radioactive Waste

The U-M Department of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) collects and processes low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) generated at campus facilities.

For University of Michigan (U-M) to stay in compliance with federal and state regulators, waste generators must follow the EHS designed protocols for proper segregation and disposal of LLRW.  Following these protocols reduces cost, ensures regulatory compliance, maintains a safe work place, and protects the environment.  Failure to adhere to the segregation and disposal procedures outlined by EHS may result in the following actions:

  • LLRW being returned to the laboratory of origin for repackaging
  • Laboratory personnel coming to EHS to repackage the LLRW

When necessary, the Radiation Safety Officer can impose additional conditions or restrictions on uses in order to ensure users employ proper packaging and segregation protocols.

For questions regarding these protocols, contact EHS, Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) at (734) 763-4568.

Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals

The Proper Segregation and Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste document provides guidance on various handling methods for the waste generated.  The following topics are contained in this document.  You may download and print the entire document.

  • Table of Acceptable Segregation Categories for Low-Level Radioactive Waste
  • Preparing Solid Low-Level Radioactive Material Waste for Collection
  • Preparing Liquid Low-Level Radioactive Waste for Collection
  • Preparing Sharps Low-Level Radioactive Waste for Collection
  • Preparing Lead- and Barium- Pigs and Objects Impregnated with Lead or Barium for Collection
  • Preparing Animal Carcasses and Animal Tissues Contaminated with radioactive Material for Collection
  • University of Michigan Approved Liquid Scintillation Fluids (Cocktails)
  • Preparing Liquid Scintillation Vials for Collection
  • Preparing Stock Vials for Collection
  • Completing the Low-Level Radioactive Material Waste Manifest
  • The Container Label

Guidelines for Managing LLRW

Storage and Labeling

Radioactive Contamination and Exposure Control

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