CLEAN ROOM ACCESS PROTOCOL


Please read the access protocol described in the steps below. Should any questions remain after completing these steps, contact the Clean Room Staff at cnicleanroom@columbia.edu. Until you have completed steps 1 to 6 of this protocol and have gained access through the Staff, you are not permitted to enter the Clean Room under any other circumstance.

1) Subscribe to our Newsletter to get updates and news on the clean room as well as the other shared facility labs. 

2) Take the Environmental Health & Safety Training Class (TC0950): link for dates, times, and locations. The first training should be taken in person, the renewals can be done on-line:

Morningside, Havemayer Building http://ehs.columbia.edu/TrainingSchedule.html
Medical Center: http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/TrainingScheduleMC.html

3) Take the TC1650 - Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) training in 'Rascal' web-site and complete the test.

4) Send your both your certificates to CR staff (cnicleanroom@columbia.edu), (James Vichiconti (jv2534@columbia.edu),  Nirit Shamay (np2496@columbia.edu), and Melody Gonzalez (mg3779@columbia.edu) from Rascal web-site.

5) Read and make sure you understand the Clean room guidelines and safety presentation. Read the Clean Room procedure.

6) If you did not attend one of the new clean room orientation for existing users orientation meetings, you have to attend a new clean room orientation in person. Dates for the orientation will be announced in our Newsletter. Sign up to a clean room orientation here. Wait for a confirmation from the clean room staff with the date and time of the orientation. Annual attendance of clean room users meeting is mandatory. The dates of the meetings will be announced.

7) After a new research member has completed all the requirements, they will be able to gain access to the Clean Room and some of the equipment like microscopes and the general use fumed hoods. Note that until further notice, access is granted only to the lithography and backend areas to tools that do not use chemicals. In order to gain access to the majority of the clean room equipment the new user will need to be certified on that specific piece of equipment. For certification and more information or help in getting certified on the equipment. Please contact the super user for the equipment (See Equipment tab) or ask cnicleanroom@columbia.edu for help. For more information go to training and certification policy.

8) In order to gain access to the Clean Room equipment you must have a Badger account (Use the links under Badger Tab) and send a new account form signed by your PI or administrator to cnicleanroom@columbia.edu.


A Certificate of Fitness and a buddy are required for after hours use of the Clean Room. Please note that until further notice the clean room will only be open M-F between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Clean Room Hours of Operation (please note that the new clean room is only partly open to users as of May 2017 and chemicals are not allowed in it):

Regular hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
After Hours (not applicable until further notice): Monday through Friday 6:00 PM – 7:00 AM, Weekends and Holidays.