In any radiation emergency, personnel protection comes first, confinement of radioactivity next. The amounts used on campus are low enough that the safety and health of first responders are NOT at risk.
Call 911 in an emergency that involves:
If building evacuation is required, pull the fire alarm and move to the assembly area as outlined in your Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP). From the safe location call 911 to inform the emergency responders about the accident and include information if radioactive materials were spilled or if a victim is contaminated.
After emergency notifications have been initiated, contact DRS at 217-333-2755 during office hours. During after-hours, DRS will be notified by emergency responders.
Identify yourself to the emergency responders and provide information as requested.
After the emergency has passed, DRS will follow up with all personnel involved to investigate the incident
Spills of radioactive material are cleaned up the same way as chemical spills based on the chemical properties. To limit the exposure to radiation, maximize your distance to the spill by using tools such as tongs and disposable mops. Protect your skin from contamination by wearing a lab coat, safety glasses and gloves with long cuffs. A face shield is recommended for large spills.
In case of a spill of radioactive material that involves contamination of personnel, take the following steps:
If someone received or believes to have received an exposure to a high radiation field, e.g. from an x-ray machine or a high-activity source, turn off the beam or shield the source to limit the exposure. Seek medical attention as necessary. Notify DRS. DRS will evaluate the potential exposure and initiate action as necessary.