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General Information

This page contains general information about safety in the SMFL.

(red star) RIT Accident Report Form (pdf)

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
A few sites that detail lab accidents

Safety Training Information

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

  • 3/6/13 Update - All previous SMFL Safety Badges are considered to be Researcher type badges.
Safety Badge Information
  • A valid safety badge (two types) is required to use the facilities. You receive a new safety badge after taking and passing an 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.

Starting 3/1/13 - There are two types of safety training available in the SMFL.

Class Training

  • For those taking a lab in the SMFL - basic safety training
  • This level enables user to operate in the SMFL under supervision of Instructor/TA/Researcher
  • No certification/swiping of tools.
  • Tool operation is done under the supervision of a Certified User for that tool.


Researcher Training

  • For those working independently in the SMFL.
  • Appropriate for upper level students actively processing wafers in lab sections. For example - MicroE students working on their senior project.
  • Basic safety training along with SMFL policies and procedures.
  • Able to be certified on tools.
  • All previous SMFL Safety Badges are considered to be Researcher type badges.


Steps to get your safety training - new users

New User - Class Safety Badge

1) Go to RIT's MyCourses
2) Look for the "SMFL Safety" course - if you don't see it, email T. Grimsley
3) Read and review the Class Safety training material listed in the contents section. It can also be found here as well.
4) Once you are familiar with this material, go to the quizzes section and take the current quarter's safety quiz.
5) The quiz will grade itself once you submit it. You must achieve a 97% or higher to pass.

  • You can review the feedback for all of your missed questions. Review this material and take the test again. Continue until you achieve a 97%.

6) Once you achieve a 97% or higher, your class safety badge will be placed in gowning.
7) Your badge is good for one year.


New User - Researcher Badge

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, you will receive an email with your next steps. Either to retake the test or to come for a test review.

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.



Steps to get renew your expired safety badge

Class Safety Badge

  • The steps to renew a Class Badge are the same as getting your Class badge for the first time. The material is updated on a yearly basis.

1) Go to RIT's MyCourses
2) Look for the "SMFL Safety" course - if you don't see it, email T. Grimsley
3) Read and review the Class Safety training material listed in the contents section. It can also be found here as well.
4) Once you are familiar with this material, go to the quizzes section and take the current quarter's safety quiz.
5) The quiz will grade itself once you submit it. You must achieve a 97% or higher to pass.

  • You can review the feedback for all of your missed questions. Review this material and take the test again. Continue until you achieve a 97%.

6) Once you achieve a 97% or higher, your class safety badge will be placed in gowning.
7) Your badge is good for one year.

Researcher 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, you will receive an email with your next steps. Either to retake the test or to come for a test review.

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 Researcher Safety Test
  • The SMFL Researcher Safety Test is online. You will be sent a link to the test after attending a New Researcher Training Session or a Researcher 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 for the Researcher Safety Test



Safety Infractions in the SMFL

From Section 1.9 of the SMFL Standard Operating Procedure

Violations of SMFL policies will be taken seriously and could result in loss of lab access.
Please encourage proper lab usage and report any serious violations to the SMFL staff. Forms for doing this are located on the website and in the SMFL gowning area.
The following procedure will be used by SMFL management.

  • Users that violate SMFL safety policies will be given either a reminder or a warning.
  • Upon receiving a warning, the user will notified in writing. The user’s advisor/supervisor is also informed.

1.9.1 Actions that will result in a verbal reminder
– Safety glasses on top of users head.
– Wearing open toed shoes in cleanroom – user will be asked to leave cleanroom to change footwear.
– Forgetting to wear your badge in the cleanroom (assuming you have one).
– Minor improper lab protocol (opening the lab door to take to someone in the hall)
– Using lab phones for non-business purposes.

  • This list is not all inclusive. A reminder may be issued for any act that is not in keeping with SMFL lab policies.
  • Constant reminders to a user about a particular issue will result in a warning.

1.9.2 Actions that will result in a warning.
– Improper use of PPE (Not wearing any PPE while performing chemical work) leaving PPE on center table, not rinsing gloves after use, wearing PPE outside of Wet Etch Bays).
– Improper chemical handling (not labeling chemistry, head inside hood/over heated bath,dipping/pipetting from chemical baths, improper waste disposal).
– Improper use of card swipe (loaning someone your card, taking/using another lab users card for the purpose of letting uncertified users on a tool or charging other projects for your time).
– Processing with an expired safety badge or with a Visitors badge. In the case of a Visitors badge, the sponsor/host/TA will also be given a warning.
– Major improper lab protocol - in cleanroom without suit
– Any action that results in damage or injury that was negligent in nature and not accidental.

This list is not all inclusive. A warning may be issued for any act that has a higher potential for harm to users or equipment.

  • First Warning
    – Lab user is informed in writing about the warning.
  • Second Warning
    – Lab user is informed in writing about the warning.
    – Off hours privileges are lost if Lab user had OH status.
  • Third Warning
    – Lab user is informed in writing about the warning.
    – Safety badge is removed.
    – Safety certification is lost. User must go through new user training.
    – Tool certifications are lost. User must go through tool certification again. Trainer on second certification must be different than the original.

Any serious safety violation may result in immediate loss of privileges and lab access. This is at the discretion of the SMFL management.


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.

NFPA Hazard Diamond










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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