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Spills

Who is responsible for radiological spills?

The Environmental Health and Safety Departments at NewYork-Presbyterian and the Radiation Safety offices of Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Irving Medical Center include health physicists and technicians who are responsible for maintaining radiation safety policies and procedures at their respective locations. They are responsible for education, documentation and training regarding ionizing radiation at the Hospitals.

In the event of an incident or spill, the Radiation Safety Department will notify the Environmental Health and Safety Department.

How are radiological materials handled?

At NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, emergency notifications for possible exposure or spills or routine inquiries should be directed to the Radiation Safety Office and/or the Environmental Health and Safety Department.

  • Radiation Safety Office, Ext. 5-0303
  • Environmental Health and Safety Department 646-NYP-SAFE

At NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center procedures for the safe handling of radioactive material can be found in the Radiation Safety Manual (Weill Cornell Intranet). For emergency notifications of possible exposures or spills at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center you should contact the Radiation Safety Office and/or Environmental Health and Safety Department.

  • Radiation Safety Office, Ext. 6-6964
  • Environmental Health and Safety Department 646-NYP-SAFE

At NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, procedures for the safe handling of radioactive material can be found in policies and procedures, Using Radionuclides in the Laboratory and Emergency Procedures—Radiation. They are located in the Human Resources Department and the Bourne Laboratories.

  • Radiation Safety Office, Ext. 2293
  • Environmental Health and Safety Department 646-NYP-SAFE

Contact

Environmental Health and Safety (all sites)

646-NYP-SAFE (697-7233)

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