December 13, 1952

Recommendations for Waste Disposal of Phosphorus-32 and Iodine-131 for Medical Users.

Author Affiliations

U. S. Department of Commerce, National Bureau of Standards. National Bureau of Standards Handbook 49. Paper. 10 cents. Pp. 11, with 2 illustrations. Superintendent of Documents, Govern. Print. Off., Washington 25, D. C., 1951.

JAMA. 1952;150(15):1548. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150102042

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This pamphlet gives a description of the minimal precautions necessary for controlling the amount of radioactive iodine and phosphorus that can be disposed of by various procedures. The recommendations consider permissible concentrations from the point of view of safety of the general community and more especially of sanitation workers and sewage plant personnel. They further give rules for disposal practice, with a description of various techniques for minimizing the potential hazard. Consideration is paid to disposal problems in laboratories, hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes. Sample calculations are given that will enable the physician to estimate the hazard and thus make recommendations for disposal practices that will reduce the radiations to an acceptable amount, without going to extremes. The pamphlet will be very useful for physicians using, or contemplating the use of, these two radioactive isotopes.

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