Receiving and Opening RAM Packages

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Receiving Packages of Radioactivity

EHSO will receive packages for laboratories and check them for leakage and proper contents. EHSO will deliver the packages to the labs and will ask for a signature of receipt. For delivery of short-lived materials directly to the laboratory see below. 

Procedure for Receiving Packages

All personnel involved with the receipt of radioactive material shipments must be instructed in the proper procedures and precautions. Unpacking of Radioactive Materials must be done in accordance with established policy and procedures. See Procedure for Receiving and Opening Packages (linked below).

  • Appropriate information for packages processed by EHSO will be entered in the EHSAssistant database.
  • When material is delivered to a laboratory by Radiation Safety, a member of the laboratory must be present to sign for it. If no one is present in the preferred lab or another lab belonging to the same Radiation Permit Holder, the package is returned to Radiation Safety. An attempt will be made to deliver the package later in the day, or a voice-mail message will be left for the Radiation Permit Holder or laboratory personnel.
  • Labels (e.g., white I, yellow II) on shipping boxes used for receiving radioactive materials must be defaced prior to disposal through housekeeping.

Who Can Receive Radioactive Material Directly Without Going Through Radiation Safety?

  • Most laboratory authorizations are not approved to check-in packages containing radioactive material and must have all radioactive material shipments delivered to Radiation Safety for check-in and processing.
  • Researchers receiving time-sensitive material for animal use from a local radiopharmacy may receive it directly by special permission and instruction from Radiation Safety personnel. Laboratories must document the package receipt inspection and must maintain the documentation for inspection.
  • Shipments of Radioactive Materials for clinical human use may be shipped directly to clinical departments and received during working hours.
  • Due to the short half-life, isotopes produced in the Emory or PETNet cyclotron are transferred directly to Radiation Permit Holders without being routed to Radiation Safety.
  • The transfer of labeled compounds between laboratories can be made within the limits specified in the Authorization but must be approved by Radiation Safety and documented. See the Radiation Safety Manual (linked below) for more information on procurement and transfers.