Experiment Safety Sheet: Procedures and Documentation
An ALS Experiment Safety Sheet (ESS) is required for all research performed on the ALS floor. The ESS defines the work to be done, including the materials, equipment and people coming to the ALS, and identifies hazards and appropriate controls. It is authorized for one year.
An ESS is created automatically when a General User Proposal is submitted, or it can be submitted separately. In either case, an Experiment ID (ALS-xxxx) is generated, which can be used to reference both the proposal and the ESS. A User Experiment Form (UEF) also needs to be completed upon arrival for each visit to the ALS.
Structural Biology beamlines have an umbrella ESS that covers the materials and equipment for the vast majority of experiments on these beamlines. Users on these beamlines should not complete their own ESS; however, upon arrival at the ALS, they must sign the umbrella ESS and complete a UEF for each visit.
Completing a New ESS or Updating and Existing ESS
If you need assistance completing your ESS please
for advice. The ESS input form is very similar to the proposal input form and is intended to be self explanatory, but the following points might be useful:
- Experiment ID: if you already have an active General User Proposal for this experiment, please use the Experiment ID in your beamtime allocation letter. Otherwise leave blank.
- Technical description: There should be sufficient details about the procedures to be used to allow our reviewers to understand the type of work to be performed and determine the associated hazards.
- PI/Experimental lead: Both these people will receive emails confirming the submission. It is generally expected that the Experimental lead will be present at the ALS during the experiment.
- Experimenter's page: Please include the names of all experimenters you expect to work at the ALS.
- Hazard checklist: Select ALL relevant sample types, equipment types and procedures. Biological nano and radioactive materials require additional information. Be sure to check these boxes so that you are asked for the additional information Biological material includes any material of biological origin, hazardous or not.
- Sample materials and chemicals: Please enter sample materials and all chemicals.
- Biological, nano, and radioactive materials: Should be entered on subsequent pages which will appear only if you checked the boxes on the previous page.
- Vacuum chambers and endstation apparatus: this only needs completing if you are bringing your own vacuum chamber or vacuum equipment.
- Gas cells and gas systems: Enter details of any gas cells/systems you are bringing to the ALS.
- Radiation hazards: Tell us about radiation-producing equipment you are bringing to ALS.
For more information contact:
Experiment Coordination Section
Tel: 1-510-486-7222 or ext. 7222 (onsite)