The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Radioactive materials, should I be concerned?

Are any radioactive materials used in the Facility? How should I handle it? What training should I receive before being authorized to handle uranium?

Are any radioactive materials used in the Facility?

Uranyl acetate is used in some of the staining procedures for TEM.  Uranyl acetate is radioactive, but when handled properly, does not pose a danger to the user.

How should I handle it?

If uranyl acetate is used in your protocol, you must use it with caution and dispose of it properly.  When working with radioactive materials, you must be careful not to contaminate other parts of the lab. There is a lead cabinet in the EM Facility for disposal of radioactive waste.

Required Training

Environmental Health and Safety requires all personnel working with radioactive materials (including uranyl acetate) to complete the radionucleotide safety training and exam.