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Waste - Disposal - Radioactive Waste

Information to assist the Shopper, Budget Holder and Specialist Approver determine the appropriate Hazard Levels for requisitions made on behalf of the University. This page also explains what checks should be carried out by both the Budget Holder and the Specialist Approver as part of their responsibilities for managing the procurement of services to dispose of Radioactive Waste from the University. Only authorised staff will be permitted to requisition the services of a radioactive waste disposal company following consultation with the University Radiation Protection Officer.

Hazard Level      
Low Medium High Budget Holder Responsibility Specialist Approver Checks Pre-release checks

Radiochemicals - sealed sources:

  • Security Category 5 sources including exempt sources; low radiation hazard
  • Lab or workshop equipment containing a sealed source (e.g. an internal standard)

Not applicable to open sources



Radiochemicals -sealed sources:

  • Radiation hazard requiring source accountability and Security Category 3 and 4

Radiochemicals -open sources:

  • All except those listed in HIGH

Radiochemicals - sealed sources:

  • High energy radiation: Security Category 1 (HASS) and 2.

Radiochemicals - open sources:

  • High energy beta and gamma emitters e.g. 32P, 125I.

To ensure that the correct Hazard Level has been assigned.

To ensure that the location and facilities where the radioactive source is stored prior to its disposal is suitable. The Departmental Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) to be informed of intent to dispose.

University Radiation Protection Officer to be informed to advise on appropriate route for disposal.

The Specialist Approver to be the Departmental Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS). Where this is not the case, the Specialist Approver to consult with the RPS and/or the University Radiation Protection Officer.


Note that the Radiation Protection Officer MUST be informed of any requisitions for disposal of any radioactive sources.

Finance Officers to be provided with a list of Authorised RPS' that are permitted to approve the disposal of radioactive materials and to check that the RPS has approved the requisition prior to releasing the order.