Cleaning Standards

Wearing ordinary household rubber gloves:

For Tritium: Wash and scrub with radioactive cleanup detergent such as COUNT-OFF (50 ml or 1/4 cup COUNT-OFF to 1 gallon of water), using sponges to distribute solution and reabsorb it.

For C14: Wash with 1% sulfuric or 2% hydrochloric (muriatic) acid with good ventilation (this will dissolve carbonates, releasing 14CO2). Follow up with wash as if for tritium.

Disposal of Cleaning Materials (gloves, sponges, etc.)

Categories A and B: Dispose as ordinary garbage.

Categories C and D: Dispose in radiation waste system.

Note: In case Category C or D is encountered, we try to notify the institution promptly by telephone.