Environmental, Health and Safety Services

X-Ray Emergency Procedures

Emergency telephone numbers and the laboratory line of authority should be given to everyone who works in the lab. The same information should be posted next to every telephone in the lab and outside the entrances to the lab.

Phone Numbers

    1. Radiation Safety Office - 231-5364
    2. Virginia Tech Police - 911 (non-emergency 231-6411 or (540) 382-4343)
    3. Rescue Squad - 911

Individuals who suspect that they have been exposed to the direct beam from any X-ray producing equipment shall:

    1. Immediately turn off the equipment.
    2. Call the Radiation Safety Office (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), or call the Virginia Tech Police (after 5 p.m. and on weekends).
    3. Notify one person from the laboratory line of authority (your supervisor or the principal investigator).
    4. Remain in the area until the Radiation Safety Officer or his designee arrives.
      If a serious injury occurs, unrelated to radiation exposure, notify the Rescue Squad immediately.

The Radiation Safety Officer will do the following:

    1. Investigate the incident and approximate the exposure to the individual.
    2. Notify the following University Officials: Radiation Safety Committee Chairman and the Department Head where the incident occurred and/or the individuals involved are based.