5.0 Laboratory Protocols


This section deals with policies related to personal hygiene, PPE, and lab attire.

5.1 Personal Hygiene

All nanoFAB lab spaces are Scent-Free Environments, as per Faculty of Engineering policy. Additionally, no make-up, perfume, cologne, aftershave, or scented lotions may be worn in the cleanroom. Users must not smoke for at least four hours prior to entering the cleanroom or 10k area. If it is discovered that you have violated these guidelines you will be asked to leave until you have corrected the problem. Continued violations will result in disciplinary action.

5.2 Footwear

Flat-soled, closed-toe footwear must be worn in all nanoFAB lab spaces. Additionally, shoe covers must be worn at all times in the cleanroom (ECERF W1-060), 10k area (ECERF W1-060), and TEM room (CMEB L2).

5.3 Clothing

Long pants must be worn in all nanoFAB lab spaces; shorts, capris, skirts, etc. are not allowed. Additional lab attire may be required depending on the specific lab space (e.g., bunnysuit and gloves in cleanroom; bouffant cap, gloves, and lab coat in 10k area).

5.4 Safety Glasses

Safety glasses must be worn during any chemical handling, processing involving chemicals, or tool use where there is a potential danger of flying particles or specimens (e.g., spin-coaters). Safety glasses may be removed only when using inspection microscopes or performing other close inspection work, but they must remain with each user and must be donned immediately after the inspection in complete.

5.5 Personal Listening Devices

Personal listening devices are permitted, but one ear must be clear to ensure the user can hear alarms in the facility.


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