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radioactivity

Penalties

McGill waste disposal is free of charge to all users, provided the waste is presented as defined by the University and governmental guidelines. To maintain this free service and to avoid any expensive disposal penalties, radioactive waste picked up from users will be periodically checked.

For liquids: A full characterization of the liquid waste will be done to ensure that specifications are met.

Radioactive waste

Carefully monitored and tracked containers of radioisotopes with short half-lives are stored in our vault to decay down to safe levels
 

Requisite containers

Hazardous Waste Management provides all the containers you need usually free of charge.

To ensure either the safe handling of hazardous materials, or to maximize disposal options, the use of these containers is encouraged and sometimes enforced.

For safety reasons, do NOT overfill the containers. Also, make sure to enter the information on the supplied label LEGIBLY and COMPLETELY.

Solid radioactive waste

Steel pail

Delay and decay guidelines

Atomic Energy Canada Limited, our current disposal site for radioactive waste, has recently implemented new disposal guidelines and pricing policy.

One aspect of the new guidelines is the removal from the waste stream of all radioisotopes that can readily and easily be decayed.

Useful links

McGill safety manuals

McGill Biosafety manual

McGill radiation safety policy manual

Canutec: the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre of the Department of Transport

Rules, acts and regulations

Online regulation texts are to be used for reference purposes only.