Yttrium, Radioactive

Cleanup Methods

In most cases of contamination of equipment and buildings, a mixture of normal housecleaning methods will remove the material. Vacuum cleaners that can handle wet material and have high-efficiency filters are particularly useful. Some surfaces may require repeated scrubbing and vacuuming before they are free of contamination.
Washing off the contaminants can prevent beta skin damage. If practical, /in a radiation event/ the effluent should be sequestered and disposed of appropriately. /Beta Emitters/
In most cases, contamination should be controlled, and removed as soon as possible. The contaminated area or equipment should be marked and posted immediately. Nonessential persons should be moved out of the area until decontamination has been completed. Usually simple cleaning techniques and procedures are adequate for most decontamination tasks. Spills and contaminated areas should be cleaned from the outer region inward to reduce the possibility of further spread of the contamination. After cleaning, the area or equipment should be surveyed to ensure that all the contamination has been removed. National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.
By decontaminating large pieces of equipment, tools, metal, glassware and clothing, low-level waste generators are able to reuse or recycle them.
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