General Inspection Items

  • Is the current permit posted on the door?

  • Are all users listed on the permit?

  • Is a 24 hour emergency contact name & telephone posted?

  • Have yellow "Danger Radiation" warning signs been posted?

  • Were any food or drinks observed in the lab?

Specific Inspection Items

  • Does the lab have open sources?

Signage

  • Are there "In Use" signs in the work area?

  • Is all equipment / glassware / samples used for radioactive work labeled as "Radioactive"?

  • Is high level waste labeled as "Radioactive"

  • Is high level waste labeled with the name of the isotope?

  • Are any non-radioactive items labeled as "Radioactive"?

  • Is there a Lab Rules poster in the work area?

Lab Practice

  • Are hot benches covered with bench paper?

  • Are emergency clean up supplies available?

  • Location of clean up kit

  • Is there a low level radioactive waste can? (Note: Does it need to be emptied?)

  • Is excess liquid and/or solid waste transferred to the Hot Lab (B7249)?

  • Are radioisotopes secured with a combination lock on the storage container?

  • Are any small (bar) refrigerators secured? (bolted to floor or wall)

  • Are radioactive items decontaminated prior to returning equipment / glassware to general use?

  • Is decontamination of equipment / glassware verified with wipe tests before returning to general use?

  • Are hard Beta or Gamma isotopes used?

  • Is there a monitor or Geiger counter available?

  • Is the monitor or Geiger counter functioning?

  • Do users monitor their hands and clothes after radioactive work?

  • Do users know where they can obtain their badge results?

  • Are seats suitably covered with a non-porous material?

  • Is I-125 or I-131 in use?

  • Are bioassays done as required?

Documentation

  • Is there an inventory of isotopes on the door to all storage equipment (refrigerators, storage cabinets)?

  • Are weekly wipe tests being conducted?

  • Is usage being tracked?

  • Is waste path being documented?

  • Is the waste that is transferred to the Hot Lab (B7249) given an identifying label that is noted on the inventory sheet?

Contamination

  • Sketch of lab layout desired?

  • Sketch lab layout, indicating locations of wipe tests

  • Wipe test results
  • Does the lab have sealed sources?

Lab Practice

  • Is access to radioisotopes restricted?

  • Is the sealed source that is not in a device stored in a locked container that is secured to the floor or wall?

  • Is the dose rate less than 2.5 microSieverts per hour?

  • Is there a monitor or Geiger counter available?

  • Location of nearest calibrated monitor?

  • Are hard Beta or Gamma isotopes used?

  • Do users know where they can obtain their badge results?

Documentation

  • Is there an inventory of radioisotopes in storage enclosures listed on the enclosure door?

  • Is the sealed source in a gas chromatograph?

  • Is the GC labeled with the name of the radioisotope?

  • Is the GC labeled with the level of source activity?

  • Is the GC labeled with "Radioactive" signs?

  • Is the GC labeled with 24 hour emergency contact name and phone number?

  • Does the GC contain a tritium source?

  • Is the GC vented through a fume hood?

  • Is the sealed source in a nuclear gauge?

  • Is the gauge affixed with a steel tag bearing the radioactive Trefoil symbol, name of radionuclide, and level of activity?

  • Is the case affixed with a steel tag bearing the radioactive Trefoil symbol, name of radionuclide, and level of activity?

  • Are the following available in the case?

  • Dangerous goods shipping manifest

  • Exemption permit for transport in BC

  • Type A package certificate

  • Special Form certificate

  • Leak Test certificate

  • Log Book (to record use)

  • "Radioactive" signs (in case of emergency)

  • SFU radionuclide license

  • CNSC Emergency Procedures poster (INFO 0483)

  • Fire and water resistant "Radioactive" placard

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