Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials Incidents

If you witness a hazardous materials spill, evacuate the spill site and warn others to stay away. Call 911 from a campus or public telephone if you believe the spill may be life-threatening. If you can determine that the spill is not life-threatening, follow the procedures outlined below. If you are a hazardous material user, you should be trained by your supervisor on proper use and storage of hazardous materials. This training should include hazard information, proper procedures for preventing spills, and emergency procedures when a spill happens.  

Radioactivity Releases

What Is Radiation?
Radiation is any form of energy propagated as rays, waves or energetic particles that travel through the air or a material medium.

Radioactive materials are composed of atoms that are unstable. An unstable atom gives off its excess energy until it becomes stable. The energy emitted is radiation. The process by which an atom changes from an unstable state to a more stable state by emitting radiation is called radioactive decay or radioactivity.

People receive some natural or background radiation exposure each day from the sun, radioactive elements in the soil and rocks, household appliances (like television sets and microwave ovens), and medical and dental x-rays. Even the human body itself emits radiation. These levels of natural and background radiation is normal. The average American receives 360 millirems of radiation each year, 300 from natural sources and 60 from man-made activities. (A rem is a unit of radiation exposure; a millirem is one-thousandth of a rem.) It is important to note that the quantity of a release or spill can only be determined by individuals that are trained and knowledgeable regarding the nature of the material spilled.

Radioactive materials--if handled improperly--or radiation accidentally released into the environment, can be dangerous because of the harmful effects of certain types of radiation on the body. The longer a person is exposed to radiation and the closer the person is to the radiation, the greater the risk.

Although radiation cannot be detected by the senses (sight, smell, etc.), it is easily detected by scientists with sophisticated instruments that can detect even the smallest levels of radiation. Detection equipment is maintained on the second floor of the Henson Building.

Currently, radioactive materials are maintained within the Henson Building on the second floor and in the radioactive materials storage near the receiving area of Henson Building (HS 162).

The Following Procedures Are From The Radioactive Site License:
Questions regarding these procedures should be directed to the RSO, Dr. Elishia Venso at Ext. 36499 or 410-543-6499.

Spill Kit Locations

As of 9/3/2004

SPILL KIT LOCATIONS LOOSE
ABSORBENT
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Blackwell Library

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Chesapeake Hall

Yes

Yes

N/A

Yes

Chester Hall

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Choptank Hall

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Commons

Yes

Yes

Yes =2

Yes

Community Outreach

Yes

N/A

N/A

 

Devilbiss Science Hall

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Faculty Development

Yes

N/A

N/A

 

Foundation House

Yes

N/A

N/A

 

Fulton Hall

Yes

Yes

Yes =2

 

Guerrieri University Center

Yes

Yes

Yes =4

 

Henson Science Hall

Yes

Yes

Yes =1

Yes 

Holloway Hall

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Maggs Gymnasium

Yes

Yes

N/A

Yes

Maintenance

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Manokin Hall

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Nanticoke Hall

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Photography Lab - Fulton

N/A

N/A

N/A

Yes 

Pocomoke Hall

Yes

N/A

N/A

 

Safety Trailer

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Severn Hall (gas heat)

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

Theatre/Web

Yes

Yes

N/A

 

University Police

Yes

Yes

N/A

Yes

Vehicles (2) Maint. Mechanics

Yes

N/A

N/A

 

Wicomico Hall

Yes

N/A

N/A