Radioactive Materials Security and Shipments

ALL RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS MUST BE SECURED OR UNDER CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE AT ALL TIMES. GSU police shall be immediately notified of unauthorized, unknown persons in an area where radioactive materials are used or stored.


  1. All Radioactive Materials shipments (regardless of isotope or activity) must be addressed and sent to the Radiation Safety Officer. Direct delivery to the user is prohibited.
  2. All shipments of radioactive materials received must be secured by or be under constant surveillance at all times by a designate of the Radiation Safety Office.
  3. The Radiation Safety Officer or designated delivery person is prohibited from delivering a processed package containing radioactive materials unless there is an authorized person (Principle Investigator, Alternate Principle Investigator, or Radiation Worker) at the location who will accept it, sign for its receipt, and secure the radioactive materials.
  4. If the delivery person cannot find an authorized person to receive the shipment, the package will stored in the Radiation Safety Office or with a principle investigator who is both authorized to have the activity of material and has the appropriate storage facilities (ie. Ultra-cold freezer, lead cave, etc.). Radioactive materials are not to be left unsecured at any time.

Radioactive materials in use, storage and as wastes:

  1. GSU police should be immediately notified of unauthorized, unknown persons in an area where radioactive materials are used or stored.
  2. Any radioactive material in use in a laboratory must be attended at ALL TIMES , or secured by locking the laboratory when not attended. Radioactive materials may not be left unsecured even momentarily.
  3. Radioactive materials in storage, i.e. not being used, must be secured when the room in which it is stored is unoccupied. The required security may be accomplished by locking the room/area while unoccupied, or alternatively, by locking the radioactive materials within refrigerators, freezers, cabinets, or lock boxes. Wherever possible, lock boxes are recommended for storage of radioactive materials.
  4. Only authorized persons may have access to radioactive materials. Radioactive materials that are stored or used in areas common to both authorized and unauthorized personnel must be secured at all times from unauthorized personnel. All storage refrigerators/freezers have locks.
  5. Corridors (hallways, elevator lobbies, and utility chases, etc.) are not secured areas. Therefore, the use and storage of radioactive materials in these areas are prohibited.
  6. All radioactive wastes are considered as radioactive materials. Radioactive wastes, including dry waste, liquid waste, medical pathological waste, and mixed waste, must be secured at all times. These materials must also be secured at all times.
  7. Unescorted unauthorized personnel may not enter into a laboratory or radioactive materials area if an authorized person is not present. Any persons admitted into the laboratory or work area must be accompanied at all times by an authorized person who works in the area.
  8. Persons performing work in the area, such as engineering or maintenance personnel, contractors or commercial service representatives must also be accompanied by an authorized person at all times.