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Star Republic: Guide for Biologists

Radioactive waste
1. Proper training and registration are required before handling radioactive material and waste.

2. Protect yourself and others from radiation exposure.

3. Store radioactive waste in a protected and confined area.

4. Store separately liquid and dry waste. Separate sharps.

5. Separate waste according to the half-life of different isotopes (e.g., < 15 days: 32P, 131I; > 15 days and < 90 days: 33P, 35S; > 90 days: 3H, 14C).

6. Radioactive waste may be disposed as normal waste after being stored for more than 10 half-lives. Contact your local radiation safety office for disposal.

7. Animal tissues and carcasses may be wrapped in waste safe and frozen temporarily.

8. Document usage and disposal.