Chapter 9 - Ship & Dispose

9.0 Transfer, Shipping, and Disposal of Radioactive Material and Sealed Sources (Top)


9.2 Transfer of Radioactive Material




9.1.1 Transfer   - the change of ownership of radioactive material between permit holders or registrants.

9.1.2 Movement - relocation of radioactive material between labs and/or buildings.

9.1.3 Shipment  - when radioactive materials are moved to another location via motorized vehicle or motor carrier.

9.1.4 For transfer, movement or shipment of RPE see Chapter 4, section 4.1.3 


Radioactive material can be transferred directly from one permit holder to another as long as both reside within either campus and prior approval is obtained from the RSO.
Prior approval is necessary so that the permit holder providing the radioactive material can be assured that the permit holder receiving the material is authorized for the isotope and activity level to be transferred. Follow the guidelines specified in Special Procedure #6, “Requirements for Inventory Records”, section “Transfers”.
Both permit holders are responsible for tracking the transfer in their radioactive material inventory records. The permit holder providing the material must list the transfer as a transaction on the inventory sheet for the container from which the material was taken. The record of the transaction must indicate that it was a “TRANSFER” and list the name of the permit holder receiving the material. The permit holder receiving the material will receive from EHS a new inventory sheet on which to track the use and disposal of the transferred material.
For movement between labs within the same building, the permit holder must prepare the material according to the following guidelines: Label the primary and secondary containers with radioactive material warning tape that indicates the isotope, activity, and reference date. Place the primary container inside a sealed, non-breakable secondary container that will contain the radioactive material even if dropped.
For movement between buildings, transportation arrangements must be approved by the RSO in advance. Movement requiring motorized vehicle transport will be carried out by the RSO.  
Movement entering or leaving either the Ithaca or Geneva campus is considered a shipment and must comply with state and federal regulations that govern licensing and transportation of radioactive material (see Section 9.3 Shipping of Radioactive Material). 
All radioactive material being transported via a motor vehicle must be in compliance with state and federal regulations. No radioactive material may be shipped from Cornell University except by the RSO.

Because the RSO handles all authorizations, communications, packaging and transportation for the permit holder, permit holders are relieved of the responsibility for understanding and complying with transportation regulations. Contact EHS in advance to arrange for shipments. 
Federal, State, and Cornell regulations related to radioactive waste and shipping change frequently. The RSO implements these changes as they occur. This section specifies the Cornell waste disposal policies which govern the radioactive waste program. The procedure for implementing these policies is located in the Procedure for Disposal of Radioactive Materials” located in the Waste Disposal section at the end of this manual.

9.4.1    Disposal may only be carried out by the RSO.

9.4.2    Disposal may not be carried out by ordinary means.

9.4.3    No radioactive materials may be deposited into the regular trash.

9.4.4   Disposal of of radioactive liquids in the sanitary sewer (i.e. down the sink) is not permitted unless authorized in writing by the RSO as a special condition of the permit holder’s Radioactive Materials Permit.

9.4.5    Dispose of waste in a timely manner not to exceed 2 years from the time the last waste of that type  was generated, or whenever the waste container is full.

9.4.6    Follow all instructions given in the “Procedure for Disposal of Radioactive Materials” referenced above. Adherence to these rules will ensure compliance.