Instrument Access

  • You may only use instrumentation with your own log in credentials and are responsible for any issues that occur while logged in
    • Allowing another user to access instrumentation on your account will result in suspension of access to instrumentation and require a meeting with your supervisor prior to reinstatement
  • Training is complete only when you receive access in NUCore / login information for the instrument

Safety Policies

  • Policies set by Office of Research Safety based on what experiments may be performed in the area
  • Closed toe shoes, long pants … required in all equipment areas
  • Eye protection required in all equipment areas
  • ANSI approved safety glasses required when working with any open containers (even aqueous samples)
  • No open containers in NMR area, unless they are water / buffered solutions
  • No gloves permitted while using computers or in public areas (i.e. opening doors)
    • Only acceptable to use gloves when actively handling samples
  • Gloves must be disposed of properly
  • Users must retrieve samples and dispose of in your own lab
    • Only exception is MS samples which are very dilute and can be disposed of as solvent
  • Unlabeled samples left in lab will be disposed of immediately as unknown waste


Broken samples / spills

  • Notify a staff person (even if you clean the spill yourself)
  • Cleaning supplies are located under the sink in the MS lab (BG70)
  • Dispose of hazardous waste and sharps in the appropriate locations

Equipment issues

  • Report all equipment issues to IMSERC staff
  • For emergencies (sample stuck, solvent leaks or when equipment operation poses a safety risk / danger to the equipment), place a stop sign at the instrument
  • Stop signs located of the shelf next to the login computer and can be printed from: http://imserc.facilities.northwestern.edu/files/2013/10/Stop-Sign.pdf

Area cleanliness

  • Samples must be removed immediately after experiments are complete or they must be disposed of as unknown waste.
    • MS samples may be left and disposed of as solvent waste
    • NMR samples on automated instruments will be kept for several weeks and then tubes will be recycled
  • Unattended / unlabeled samples will be disposed of
  • In cases of sample spills, the last user will be required to clean up the area
    • Report spills you encounter immediately


Computing Policies

  • Instrument computers are to be used for data collection and processing only
  • No internet or gaming allowed on IMSERC instrument computers, including email
    • Only exception is using the ICSD and ReciprocalNet for unit cell searches on X-Ray computers
  • Use of thumb drives is limited to instruments in login area and microscope computer
  • Use IMSERC approved network shares and access data from your own computer or computers in the login area
  • Do not unplug Ethernet cables from instruments
  • IMSERC has WiFi throughout the lab for your personal computing connectivity