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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.

Steps to get your safety training

New Users to the SMFL

1) Attend a New Researcher Safety Training Class - schedule is here
2) You will be sent a link to the safety test - take it.
3) After taking the test, see T. Grimsley to review the test and collect your badge. A signup sheet for review times is outside office 17-2511
(red star) The training process is not done until you have reviewed the test with T. Grimsley and signed the SMFL Safety Test Review form.
4) Your card and existing tool certifications will be added to the system at this time.

User with an expired Safety Badge

1) Attend a Refresher Safety Training Class - schedule is here
2) You will be sent a link to the safety test - take it.
3) After taking the test, see T. Grimsley to review the test and collect your badge. A signup sheet for review times is outside office 17-2511
(red star) The training process is not done until you have reviewed the test with T. Grimsley and signed the SMFL Safety Test Review form.



Information about the SMFL safety Test
  • The SMFL Safety Test is online. You will be sent a link to the test after attending a New User Training Session or a Refresher Session.
  • The test is T/F and multiple choice format - ~70 questions. More than one answer maybe correct for the multiple choice.
  • Once you open the link to the test, you must complete it. Do not leave your browser inactive for any length of time or the test will reset and not submit correctly.
  • There is no passing grade for the test as everyone needs to review their results. There is a minimum score that must be attained before you can come to your review.
    • The minimum score is 90%. Below this you will need to retake the test.
    • You will receive an email within 24 hours of submitting your test whether;
      1) You can sign up for your review. Sign up sheets are located outside room 17-2511 (T. Grimsley)
      2) Or will need to take the test again. A link will be provided for the next test attempt.

If you do not receive an email within 24hrs after submitting your test, please contact T. Grimsley for your results, or to see if your test submitted correctly.



Here is a list of the '''test questions''' to help you study



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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