Exiting the Hot Lab
When the radiopharmacist or technician leaves the hot lab, he should take care to follow a number of safety procedures. These are shown in the video below:
The steps in detail are as follows:
- take off the gloves used during the work with radioactive materials and discard them in a radioactive waste bin
Gloves worn during working with radioactive materials are removed in such a way that any contamination on the outside cannot be transferred onto the hands.
- leave his dosimeter (and when appropriate ring dosimeter(s)) in a specially designated holder
Placing the dosimeter in its holder
- take off the special lab-coat
Taking off the special lab-coat
- exchange the special ‘lab-shoes’ for his own shoes, or, if wearing overshoes, to remove them and discard them in the waste bin
Removing the overshoes and putting them in the waste bin
- check his body and clothing for possible contamination with radioactive material, taking extra care to monitor his hands
Hands are checked for contamination with radioactivity using a proportional counter
Monitoring for radioactive contamination using a hand and foot monitor
- remove all his personal belongings from the changing room
Only after these precautions are taken can the radiopharmacist or technician leave the lab.
Practise these procedures in an interactive animation.