Facility Safety Policies

A complete Hazardous Communication Plan for the NMR facility is located next to the hood in CBEC 092.

BY COMPLETING NMR TRAINING

ALL USERS OF THE NMR LAB AGREE

TO FOLLOW THESE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.

 


Magnet Field

Persons with any metal implants, pacemakers, etc. should NOT ENTER the NMR laboratory.

DO NOT bring any metal or magnetic objects (keys, phones, laptops, credit cards, BuckID, coins, bobby pins, jewelry, etc.) within the 5 Guass line (marked by yellow tracks). If possible, do not bring these into the lab.


Superconducting NMR Magnet Quench

In the case of a magnet quench, leave the NMR lab quickly and calmly.  Contact the NMR lab staff ASAP.

A quench is the rapid conversion of the cryogenic liquids inside the NMR into a gas.  A quench will be obvious by a loud whoosh and sudden release of gases from the top of the instrument. The gases will look like a white fog collecting on the ceiling and floor. Stay out of the fog as the helium and nitrogen displace breathable air.


Sample Limitations and Proper Handling

DO NOT bring the following hazardous materials into the lab: powdered nano-materials, radioactive materials, biohazards (infectious diseases, toxins, human tissues), etc. which require special training.

DO NOT use pressurized tubes; ie a sealed NMR tube with volatile liquids like ammonia or ether.

ALWAYS thoroughly clean the outside of your NMR tube prior to entering the NMR laboratory.


PPE Requirements

DO NOT wear lab coats or gloves while using the computers in the NMR laboratory.

Proper PPE is required for sample preparation at the hood or while handling cryogenic liquids (see Hazardous Communication Plan).


Gas Cylinders – NMR staff only

DO NOT bring a gas cylinder within the 5 Gauss line (marked by yellow tracks) of the NMR magnets. Follow all university EHS guidelines when handling cylinders including storage and transport.


 

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