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General Information

This page contains general information about safety in the SMFL.

  • Lab accidents happen all the time, do you know what to do and how to prevent them?
    • Be able to recognize the hazards you are working with.
    • Eliminate or minimize the identified risks.
    • Evaluate the potential risk - probability and severity
    • Maintain focus on your experiment

Safety Training Information

All users of the SMFL must go through safety training first and then take and pass the SMFL Safety Test on a yearly basis.

  • Safety Badge Information
    • A valid safety badge is required to use the facilities. You receive a new safety badge after taking and passing the SMFL Safety Test
    • Badges are good for one year from the date of your last safety test
    • Those without a valid safety badge must wear a Visitor Badge - No processing is allowed.



There are two types of safety badges in the SMFL.

  • Researcher Badge - for people working on a project in the cleanroom.
    • A class lab can be a type of project if the student will be swiping tools for the lab.
    • People new to the cleanroom that are going to be working on a project, attend New SMFL Researcher Training.
    • Researchers whose badge is expired, attend SMFL Researcher Refresher Training.
  • Class Badge - for students taking a class with a lab in the SMFL.
    • Must be in lab with their class
    • May not process independently. Under supervision of lab instructor.
    • Review training material online and take test in RIT's MyCourses.

Steps to get your safety training

If you are a New User to the SMFL

Researcher - for people working independently on a project

1) For students - have your PI send an email to T. Grimsley confirming the project you are on.
2) Attend a New Researcher Safety Training Class - schedule is here
3) You will be sent a link to the safety test - take it.
4) After taking the test, see T. Grimsley to review the test and collect your badge.
5) Your card and existing tool certifications will be added to the system at this time.



Class - for students in a class

1) Review the presentation on Class Safety Training.
Material is listed on your MyCourses page under a current course entitled "SMFL Safety" or it can be found Class_Safety_Training _FY13.pdf
2) Once you feel you understand the material - Take the online Class Safety Test.
3) Go to RIT's MyCourses
4) Find the course on your homepage entitled "SMFL Safety" and click it. Look under your current Student Status - Not your Past Student Status.

5) On the upper bar, click on then "Quizzes" Section

6) Find the test for the Quarter you are in. Click on the test to take it.

7) Take the Test. More than one answer may be correct for the multiple choice answers. Passing grade is 97%.
8) If you fail, review the questions you missed (feedback is given as part of the test), review the Class Safety Training Presentation, and retake the test until you pass.
9) Once you have a passing grade, your badge will be placed into the cleanroom.




If you are a User with an expired Safety Badge and need refresher training

Researcher - for people working independently on a project

1) For students - have your PI send an email to T. Grimsley confirming the project you are going to be on.
2) Attend a Researcher Refresher Safety Training Class - schedule is here
3) You will be sent a link to the safety test - take it.
4) After taking the test, see T. Grimsley to review the test and collect your badge.

Class - for students in a class

Same instructions as getting your badge for the first time.



Special Chemical Hazards

The information below is given on these particular chemicals as the pose special risks to SMFL users.


SMFL Imported Chemical Policy

  • The SMFL has a large number of chemicals available for use in the facility. There may be times when a chemical needed for a project is not stocked in the SMFL.
  • Before any chemical can be brought in, it must be signed off by the SMFL. This applies to all users whether they are internal or external.
  • The SMFL Imported Chemical Worksheet needs to be filled out and submitted with the MSDS before the chemicals can be brought into the lab.
    • Fill out sections 1,2 & 6 and bring to T. Grimsley in 17-2511 for review and signoff.

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MSDS Information

The SMFL maintains it's MSDS database of Standard Chemistry on this wiki.

The MSDS listing of Approved Researcher Chemistry can be found here

  • There are several computers in the cleanroom - the easiest ones to access for MSDS information are:
    • Gowning
    • Wet Etch 1
    • Wet Etch 2
  • These computers are all marked with the yellow /black MSDS sign above them.
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