I am looking for advice on proper approaches to "decommission" a lab that contains radioactive sources. Most are the educational variety (some dating back to the 1960's), although there is a small test tube supposedly containing uranium acetate, as well. Advice on disposing of these materials would be appreciated. They are all inside a lead-lined wooden box, and the hottest samples are inside lead canisters, as well. Also present are several lead bricks and “empty” canisters, the dust/residue from which I understand to be a health concern as well. Secondarily, there is also a small, conventional combination safe of unknown contents, but naturally, we don’t have the combination. Please advise. Thanks to all!
Submitted by: Barry Ferm, CHO & Lab Coordinator, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. Email: FermBarretA**At_Symbol_Here**sau.edu
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