Radioactive Solid Waste Alarm Response

If you discover a source of radiation, there are three key factors to consider regarding exposure reduction for you and those around you: time, distance, and shielding.

  • Time: The most direct way to reduce radiation dose is to reduce the time spent in the vicinity of radiation sources. If the exposure time is cut in half, the dose will be cut in half.

  • Distance: When the working distance from a radiation source is doubled, the dose received from that source will be reduced to 25%. Moving from 20 feet to 40 feet from the source will decrease your exposure to 1/4 of the original exposure.

  • Shielding: Shielding is the use of any material to reduce the intensity of the radiation by absorbing or reflecting the radiation. Placing a substantial object (concrete or block wall, building, vehicle) between you and the source will decrease your exposure.

The Bureau offers the following information to assist you in planning for and reacting to radioactive solid waste alarms:

  • POSTER: "If You Find a Radioactive Source—BEWARE!"
    • DEP Document #2910-PO-DEP4043
    • The Bureau has created this poster outlining the basic steps that should be taken to effectively deal with radioactive sources if found in unexpected locations, and to minimize personnel radiation exposure from such sources.

  • POSTER: "Si encuentra una fuente radiactiva—¡TENGA CUIDADO!"
    • DEP Documento #2910-PO-DEP4043 Espanol
    • La Oficina ha creado al anunciante delineando los pasos básicos que se deben tomar para hacer frente eficazmente a las fuentes radiactivas, si se encuentran en lugares inesperados, y para minimizar la exposición personal de la radiación de fuentes tales.

  • Solid Waste Facility Alarm Response Flow Chart
    • This document is an example of an alarm response flow chart for use at solid waste facilities. Facilities may use the chart as-is or revise it as needed to meet their permit requirements and/or Radiation Protection Action Plan.

  • Recycle Facility Alarm Response Flow Chart
    • This document is an example of an alarm response chart for use at material recycling facilities. Facilities may use the chart as-is or revise it as needed to meet their facility procedures.

  • National Source Tracking System pamphlet PDF
    • Nuclear Regulartory Commission, NUREG/BR-0472, dated March 2010

  • National Directory of Brokers & Processors
    • This website provides contact information for companies that provide radioactive material processing and disposal.

For more information about monitoring for radioactive materials in solid waste please contact the Licensing Section via e-mail or (717) 787-2480.