Protocols for Handling, Storage, and Disposal of Untreated Foreign Soil
and Regulated Domestic Soil
of Untreated Samples to Other Laboratories for Anaylsis:
of New Samples:
- Unpack shipping
containers. Treat any ice/melted water immediately. Decontaminate
any "blue ice" packets with 70% ethyl alcohol.
- Collect any loose
soil from container and heat-treat immediately.
- Immediately decontaminate
wooden, metal, or cardboard shipping containers (using lowest
- Treat plastic
containers and coolers with 70% ethyl alcohol.
Storage of Samples:
- Store dry samples
in the locked storage cabinet in Room 431Z021 until they can be delivered
to the appropriate beamline for analysis. Label containers with
origin and arrival date.
- Log samples into
the APS Soil Inventory book maintained in 431Z021.
- Untreated samples
can be stored for up to 6 months from date of arrival.
- Samples delivered
to the beamlines must be kept in locked storage at the beamline.
Log the sample delivery to the beamline in the logbook.
of Water Effluent and Ice (Melted) Used for Shipping
Boil for one minute.
Filter through 100 mesh sieve and heat-treat residues caught
generously with 70% ethyl alcohol to the point of runoff.
alcohol into sink and flush sink with water.
- Air dry
item being decontaminated.
- Collect all soil
spilled on lab benches, equipment, stools, and the floor immediately
and call an APS Soil Custodian to treat the materials. After
collecting spilled soil, decontaminate fixed surfaces with 70% ethyl
- Heat-treat all
solid soil residues remaining after analysis that will be shipped
as non-regulated soil using the oven in Room 431Z021. Heat treatment
will be carried out by Patti Pedergnana, Shane Flood, or Wendy VanWingeren.
- Treat all water
residues from analysis as described in the box above.
all heat resistant materials and equipment used in the processing
and analysis of soils (e.g. glassware, polypropylene bottles, aluminum
weight boats, spatulas, kraft paper, etc.) according to the heat treatment
schedule. Treat plastic bags and other non-heat-resistant materials
with 70% alcohol.
|121 C at 15 inches pressure for 30 minutes in packages <= 5 lbs or trays with soil residues < 2 inches deep
Start counting time after entire mass reaches the required
- Obtain written
permission from the local PPQ Office, and ship only to laboratories
with a valid permit and compliance agreement for imported soil or
a valid compliance agreement for domestic soil (see Patti Pedergnana or
- Ship double-bagged
in sealed containers according to the Soil Permit shipping requirements.
Disposal of Samples
and Residues, or for Shipping as Non-regulated Soil:
- After heat treatment,
soil samples and solid soil residues may be disposed or shipped/returned
to another laboratory in the same manner as unregulated domestic soil.
- After treatment
of water residues, they can be disposed of in the same manner as residues
from unregulated domestic soil.
for Sample Transport of Untreated Foreign Soil and Regulated Domestic Soil
bag all samples (to reduce the chance of spillage if the primary container
breaks) and place in sturdy leak-proof containers, such as insulated plastic
coolers, for transport to Argonne National Laboratory (ANL).
- If samples
are field moist, try to use "blue ice" instead of ice
to keep samples cool during transport.
a copy of the current APS USDA Soil Permit
in the container.
- Seal containers
with duct tape or similar tape to preclude spillage or pest escape during
- Label containers
as "Contents - Soil Samples" by attaching labels provided by
Ensure that the APS USDA Soil Permit Number (P330-09-00006) is included on the
label. Users must contact the APS well ahead of time to receive
labels from the APS.
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, IL 60439
- If carrying
samples through Customs, declare samples on the Customs form as "Soil".
- If shipping
samples, they must be shipped by bonded carrier. The shipping bill
must be manifested as "SOIL" and the APS Soil Permit Number
Last Reviewed and Modified: February 21, 2014