Radioactive Material Waste Disposal

Effective: Moved to Policy Library from UPM 12.12(30)
Reviewed and Updated: March 2022
Contact: Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)


Waste items requiring radiation surveillance can be any unwanted radioactive material, including naturally occurring radioactive material, radioactively contaminated items, equipment containing embedded radioactive sources and unwanted radiation producing devices. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), by agreement with the Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRC), regulates the handling of radioactive waste in Iowa.

The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) is responsible for ensuring that radioactive materials and radiation producing devices are disposed of properly. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) manages the radioactive waste with guidance from the RSC. EH&S collects, manages, and arranges for the disposal of all radioactive waste generated at Iowa State University.

Policy Statement

University personnel shall adhere to the requirements of  ISU's Waste and Recycling Guidelines and Radioactive Materials Safety Manual for the disposal of radioactive material waste.