General Safe Handling Considerations
Radioactive minerals emit various forms of radiation. If
proper safeguards and precautions are followed, the dangers from radiation
are minimized and even amateur collectors can collect
Some guidelines for radioactive minerals:
specimens as little as possible; if they are touched, wash hands
with soap and water.
store specimens, even the smallest of size, in an inhabited room.
specimens in a well ventilated area.
all specimens out of childrenï¿½s reach.
eat, drink, smoke, or sleep near a radioactive mineral.
all radioactive specimens as radioactive.
carry radioactive minerals in your pocket or wear them as jewelry.
to keep radioactive minerals in a plastic display case or some other
container with a lid. This helps to control small pieces that may
break off during handling. A boxed radioactive mineral
keeps you from directly touching the specimen, which helps to
minimize radiation exposure to your skin.
up small particles that may break off of radioactive specimens with
soap and water.
you collect lots of large highly radioactive specimens, then I would
consider a lead, lead glass or concrete shielded box for storage, in a well ventilated