Birck Nanotechnology Center

Operating Policies and Procedures

Access and Required Training


2.1 Building Access – Users and Visitors

2.2 Laboratory Access and Training

2.3 Nanofabrication Cleanroom Access and Training

2.4 Biocleanroom Access

2.5 Specialized Training Requirements

2.6 Badges


2.1 Building Access – Users and Visitors

All persons entering the BNC, whether users of the BNC facilities or visitors, must stop at the  lobby area and read the orientation brochure or view the orientation slides online (see Appendix 2 for link).  This information gives a capsule view of the facility and how to respond to an emergency situation. 
All people entering the building must be familiarized with emergency information, building layout, and rules regarding controlled-access portions of the building.

2.1.1 Visitors in Groups

Visitors should be informed of emergency alarms & exits prior to touring the facility.


2.2 Laboratory Access and Training

Access to a laboratory in the BNC is granted only to those who have a need to work in that laboratory.  A visitor may enter a laboratory provided they are accompanied by a certified user of that laboratory at all times, less than 4 hours.  To gain access to a laboratory unescorted and/or to work in a laboratory, Laboratory Users’ training (BNC 105 and BNC 150, sign up at:  http://www2.itap.purdue.edu/bnc/training) is required.  For access to any of the biolabs, additional training is required.  To obtain this access level you may sign up for BNC 208A at http://www2.itap.purdue.edu/bnc/training/.  For Biosafety Level 2 labs additional training is mandatory.  A laboratory ID card and laboratory key will be issued when: 1) A message is sent to the Building Clerk from the PIC of that laboratory authorizing entry; and 2) The necessary training course(s) are completed.  See Section 2.2.3 for policies pertaining to visitor access to the laboratories. 
Only those who have access to individual laboratories have access to the service galley.
Some laboratory areas will have further restrictions on personnel entry, depending on the processes and equipment present in the laboratory.


2.2.1 Laboratory Users Training

Laboratory users are those who work in a laboratory on a regular basis, or those who work in a laboratory – even infrequently – when unaccompanied by a certified user.  Also, anyone who has any contact with hazardous materials is considered a laboratory user.
Laboratory users must complete two courses prior to working in the laboratories: BNC-105 Laboratory Orientation and BNC-150 Fume Hood Safety Training.  These courses include laboratory rules, principles of laboratory safety, and hazardous materials information.  It is the responsibility of the laboratory users to ensure that they have received the appropriate safety information/training for any material or process before beginning an experiment.
Certified laboratory users will receive a color-coded badge indicating their certification.  This badge must always be worn when entering a laboratory, and access to the laboratory can be achieved by ‘swiping’ this badge through the card readers near the lab doors.  Note:  every person entering a laboratory must swipe their own card on every entry.
Research done in individual laboratories is unique, and therefore, separate orientation, training and access badges for specific laboratories may be required.
A schedule of available training sessions can be viewed on the web at www.nano.purdue.edu --> Facilities --> Training, or directly to the website sign up at http://www2.itap.purdue.edu/bnc/training/.
Members of the Purdue community can register for courses using their CAREER account.  Non-Purdue / Outside users can register by setting up a “Friends of the University” account.Note:  If a user does not enter the laboratory for a period of one year, then badge access is terminated and retraining is required prior to resuming work in the laboratories.

2.2.2 Visitors Access to Laboratories

Laboratory visitors are those people who enter a laboratory area under escort, and are accompanied by a certified laboratory user at all times.  A laboratory visitor may not enter a laboratory unaccompanied, nor may he/she be left alone in a laboratory.  Under no circumstances should a laboratory visitor have a laboratory key.


2.2.3 Training for Visitors to Laboratories

A visitor’s host is required to review all safety rules that apply to laboratories as well as general facility rules.  The host is responsible for his or her visitor at all times and must ensure that safety protocols are followed.  The visitor must be accompanied by the host at all times while in the laboratories.
Laboratory visitors may NOT handle chemically or biologically hazardous materials.  Laboratory visitors must NOT handle any instrumentation while in the labs. They must comply with all posted rules for that laboratory.


2.3 Nanofabrication Cleanroom Access and Training

Nanofabrication cleanroom access is granted to those who have a need to work in the BNC nanofabrication cleanroom.  To gain initial access to the nanofabrication cleanroom, register for the BNC 206 course, “Cleanroom Training,” at http://www2.itap.purdue.edu/bnc/training/.  A nanofabrication cleanroom ID card and nanofabrication cleanroom garment set will be issued when the training and entry requirements have been satisfied.
Access to the nanofabrication cleanroom is limited to those whose work requires cleanroom entry.  Visitors may view the operations of the cleanroom through the many viewing windows that have been designed into the cleanroom perimeter.
Entry to the BNC nanofabrication cleanroom requires the completion of specialized training.  This training involves an on-line course as well as hands-on sessions. Training is provided for visitors to the nanofabrication cleanroom as well as for those who will work in the nanofabrication cleanroom for an extended period of time.  The appropriate training course(s) must be completed prior to entry into the nanofabrication cleanroom.  Note:  If a user does not enter the nanofabrication cleanroom for a period of one year, then badge access is terminated and retraining is required prior to resuming work in the cleanroom.  Also, if a user does not use a specific piece of processing equipment for a period of 6 months, then Coral access is terminated and the user must be recertified on the equipment by going through the specific training for that equipment prior to using the tool.
Access to the nanofabrication cleanroom chases from outside of the nanofabrication cleanroom is not allowed.  Chases may only be entered from within the nanofabrication cleanroom, and only BNC staff members or maintenance personnel are approved to enter the chase area.  Exiting the cleanroom and/or cleanroom chases through the emergency exit doors is prohibited except in an emergency.
Entry into the subfab has the same restrictions as entry into the nanofabrication cleanroom.   Access to the subfab is highly restricted; the subfab should only be entered by those who have a valid reason for entry.  Nanofabrication cleanroom training is required for all persons who have access to the subfab, but only BNC staff members or maintenance personnel are approved to enter the subfab area.


2.3.1 Nanofabrication Cleanroom Users

Nanofabrication cleanroom users are those who work in the nanofabrication cleanroom on a regular basis, or those who work in the nanofabrication cleanroom – even infrequently – when unaccompanied by a certified user.  Also, anyone who has any contact with hazardous materials is considered a nanofabrication cleanroom user.
 All nanofabrication cleanroom users must complete an online training course and quiz prior to attending cleanroom orientation.  The course can be accessed on Purdue’s “Open WebCT” system at    http://www.itap.purdue.edu/tlt/ecourses/open.cfm
Registration questions should be directed to the Process and Equipment Manager.  All nanofabrication cleanroom users must complete the course BNC-206 Nanofabrication Cleanroom Orientation prior to working in the nanofabrication cleanroom, regardless of previous experience.  This course includes nanofabrication cleanroom procedures and rules, principles of nanofabrication cleanroom safety, and hazardous materials information.  It is the responsibility of the nanofabrication cleanroom user to ensure that he/she has received the appropriate safety information/training for any material before using that material.
Nanofabrication cleanroom users will receive a BNC User badge that is coded for access to the nanofabrication cleanroom gowning room when training is complete and he/she is certified by the nanofabrication cleanroom staff.  This badge allows nanofabrication cleanroom entry through operating the card reader at the gowning room entrance.  The badge remains the property of the BNC, and must be surrendered on request.  A second badge will be issued that is to be worn on the outside of the nanofabrication cleanroom garment at all times.  The second badge is never to leave the nanofabrication cleanroom or gowning room area.  

 


2.3.2 Visitors Access to Nanofabrication Cleanroom

Nanofabrication cleanroom visitors are those people who enter the nanofabrication cleanroom under escort, and are accompanied by a certified Birck Staff Member at all times.  Such visitors are limited to equipment installation, servicing, and updates or must have a substantial need to enter the cleanroom.  A visitor may not enter the nanofabrication cleanroom unaccompanied, nor may he/she be left alone in the nanofabrication cleanroom.  Under no circumstances should a nanofabrication cleanroom visitor have a nanofabrication cleanroom entry badge.   



2.4 Biocleanroom Access

Biocleanroom access is granted to those who have a need to work in the BNC biocleanroom.  To gain initial access to the biocleanroom, contact the Process & Equipment Manager or the Facility Manager and the BNC Biosafety Officer. A biocleanroom ID card and biocleanroom garment set will be issued when the training and entry requirements have been satisfied.


2.4.1 Biocleanroom Training

Biocleanroom entry requires specialized training beyond the training received for nanofabrication cleanroom entry.  The appropriate biocleanroom training course must be completed prior to entry into the biocleanroom.


2.4.2 Biocleanroom Users

Biocleanroom users are those who work in the biocleanroom on a regular basis, or those who work in the biocleanroom – even infrequently – when unaccompanied by a certified user.  Also, anyone who has any contact with biohazardous materials is considered a biocleanroom user.


2.4.3 Biocleanroom User Training

Biocleanroom users who have not previously worked in a qualified cleanroom and have not completed “EE 557, Integrated Circuit Fabrication Laboratory” must complete the Cleanroom and Biocleanroom overview training prior to taking the biocleanroom entry training course(s). 
All biocleanroom users must complete the course BNC Cleanroom Orientation and BNC Biocleanroom Orientation prior to working in the biocleanroom, regardless of previous experience.  This course includes biocleanroom procedures and rules, principles of biocleanroom safety, and hazardous materials information.  It is the responsibility of the biocleanroom user to ensure that he/she has received the appropriate safety information/training for any material before using that material.
Biocleanroom users will receive a BNC User badge that is coded for access to the biocleanroom gowning room when training is complete and he/she is certified by the biocleanroom staff.  This badge allows biocleanroom entry through operating the card reader at the biocleanroom gowning room entrance.  The badge remains the property of the BNC, and must be surrendered on request.  A second badge will be issued that is to be worn on the outside of the biocleanroom garment at all times.  The second badge is never to leave the biocleanroom or gowning room area.  


2.4.4 Visitors Access to the Biocleanroom

Biocleanroom visitors are those people who enter the biocleanroom under escort, and are accompanied by a certified biocleanroom user at all times. Such visitors are limited to equipment installation, servicing, and updates or must have a substantial need to enter the cleanroom.   A visitor may not enter the biocleanroom unaccompanied, nor may he/she be left alone in the biocleanroom.  Under no circumstances should a biocleanroom visitor have a biocleanroom entry badge.  Visitor entry must be approved by Birck Staff in advance.


2.5 Specialized Training Requirements

In addition to the training requirements for entry into various portions of the facility, training courses are required for those performing specialized functions in the facility. 


2.5.1 Specialized Laboratories

There are several recognized labs, which require documented safety training through Purdue’s Radiological and Environmental Management (REM).  These areas include labs classified for Laser Use, X-Ray Diffraction Equipment, and Biohazardous Areas (BSL1 and BSL2).  Please contact Birck Staff Management for specifics.


2.5.2 Equipment Training

Prior to operating equipment in the facility, specialized training is required.  The training requirements for a piece of equipment are designated by the Process Owner for that equipment.  It is the responsibility of the user to obtain certification on a piece of equipment prior to use.  To obtain certification, register on-line for the appropriate training course at:  http://www2.itap.purdue.edu/bnc/training/.  After successful training, users will be allowed to use the equipment for a period of time set forth by the Process Owner.  The Process Owner has the right to deny access to an individual user, if the Process Owner feels the user does not understand the procedure, or if the user fails to comply with the proper procedures.  Access to equipment can be revoked by the Process Owner at any time due to failure to comply with facility or equipment rules.


2.5.3 Nanofabrication Cleanroom and Biocleanroom Housekeeping

Housekeeping personnel working in the nanofabrication cleanroom or the biocleanroom must receive specialized training and certification.  This certification must be received prior to working in the nanofabrication cleanroom or biocleanroom.


2.5.4 Nanofabrication Cleanroom and Biocleanroom Maintenance and Equipment Installation

All personnel performing maintenance functions and/or equipment-installation functions within the nanofabrication cleanroom and/or biocleanroom must receive specialized training and certification. This certification must be received prior to working in the nanofabrication cleanroom or biocleanroom. A separate document, the BNC Equipment Installation Manual, provides guidance on maintenance and installation materials and procedures.


2.5.5 Emergency Response Training

Select BNC professional staff members have had specialized training related to building emergencies and evacuations due to hazardous conditions that could infrequently occur.  This training includes the use of breathing apparatus and emergency response protocols.  This team of trained professionals is known as the “Emergency Response Team” (ERT). 


2.6 Badges


2.6.1 BNC User Badge

Badges will be issued to all certified users of the BNC nanofabrication cleanroom, BNC biocleanroom and BNC laboratories.  The BNC User Badge will have the user’s name and a magnetic strip that is coded to the user’s access levels.  These badges are the property of the BNC and Purdue University, and must be surrendered on request.  A fee will be charged for lost badges to cover the cost of a replacement badge as well as for the recoding associated with invalidating the lost badge.
The BNC User Badge will provide card-access to the facility during off hours.  If the user is certified for nanofabrication cleanroom, biocleanroom, or laboratory entry, it will also provide card-access to these areas.  


2.6.2 BNC Nanofabrication Cleanroom Badge

The BNC nanofabrication cleanroom badge is to be worn on the nanofabrication cleanroom garment at all times.  When leaving the nanofabrication cleanroom, the badge is to remain in the nanofabrication cleanroom gowning room.  This badge does not provide access to the gowning room entry card reader.


2.6.3 BNC Biocleanroom Badge

The BNC biocleanroom badge is to be worn on the biocleanroom garment at all times.  When leaving the biocleanroom, the badge is to remain in the biocleanroom gowning room.  This badge does not provide access to the gowning room entry card reader.



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