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Document ID (ISN)58743
CIS number 92-1647
ISSN - Serial title 0017-9078 - Health Physics
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Linins I., Klein R.C., Gershey E.L.
Title Management of mixed wastes from biomedical research
Bibliographic information Sep. 1991, Vol.61, No.3, p.421-426. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract Mixed radioactive and chemical wastes generated by biomedical research were characterised, and various treatment methods for reducing their volume were evaluated. These wastes consist primarily of organic solvents used in the extraction and purification of radiolabelled biomolecules that are contaminated with low levels of long-lived radionuclides. Rockefeller University's mixed wastes fall into three broad chemical categories: phenol/chloroform, acetonitrile/water, and mixtures of miscellaneous solvents such as carbon tetrachloride, benzene, and other hazardous chemicals. Most of these mixed wastes can be effectively rendered into non-radioactive chemical and aqueous radioactive waste, both of which can be disposed of in accordance with existing regulations. However, such treatment, if not done properly, presents potential occupational hazards from the direct handling of waste materials. Deregulation of certain mixed wastes would be the safest, most cost-effective, and practical method of handling the problem.
Descriptors (primary) disposal of harmful waste; disposal of radioactive waste; waste disposal; organic solvents
Descriptors (secondary) laboratories; legal aspects; chloroform; phenols; benzene; acetonitrile; carbon tetrachloride
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal