Radioactive Waste Management

Three pictures of various radioactive waste processes

Columbia University is committed to protecting human health and environment through a proactive Radioactive Waste Management Program.  Proper management of Radioactive Waste is essential to our program’s success.  Understanding the basic types of radioactive wastes and how to manage them is important to this success. 

EH&S recognizes that the Radioactive Waste Management regulations and the corresponding container management requirements can be extremely complex to navigate, interpret and apply to each individual situation.  To assist University personnel in understanding and meeting these requirements, EH&S provides monthly radiation safety training, as well as department-specific training (available upon request), and has prepared and distributed guidance documents, such as the radioactive material disposal guide.

Our training programs, coupled with the guidance documents and the University’s No Drain Disposal Policy provide the essentials tools that anyone using radioactive materials at the University need to properly manage their Radioactive Waste.

Liquid Scintillation Counter Disposal

Radioactive Waste Guidelines