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Laboratory Requirements at NSLS

All sample preparation or wet chemistry performed in a laboratory must be coordinated with a Lab Steward. Consult this map or your Local Contact for available lab space. A list of the set-up laboratories, e-mail links to the Lab Stewards, and the Laboratory Experimental Safety Review Forms can be found here.

Wet chemistry and sample preparation performed at the NSLS must be carefully planned and reported on your experiment Safety Approval Form (SAF). A detailed description of those plans must include:

  • The materials and quantities involved
  • A summary of the tasks involved
  • An analysis of the risks
  • Required precautions (including personal protective equipment)

Include sufficient detail to allow ES&H staff and the Laboratory Steward to evaluate the potential hazards and controls.

The Laboratory Experiment Safety Review Form identifies evaluated and expected operations in the lab, and the available equipment in each location. It includes a risk analysis and required controls. Please reference those documents to determine if your proposed work is included. Proposed work not included in one of the Laboratory Experiment Safety Review Forms may still be allowed. Contact the Lab Steward early to allow time for review and approval of your lab space request or approval of any work not covered. If the set-up laboratory room is known, indicate this on the Safety Approval Form.


  • All work with Hydrofluoric Acid must be performed in Lab 2-190
  • All work with Unbound Engineered Nanomaterials must be performed in the HEPA filtered hood or glove box in Lab 1-128. Further guidance for work with Nanomaterials can be found here.
  • Just entry into any laboratory requires safety glasses with side shields. Please come prepared.
  • Some wet chemistry operations may require use of a laboratory coat and gloves. Again, please come prepared.

Wet chemistry operations require attention to inventory, storage, use, and transport of reagents and preparation for spills. Minimize both the quantity and variety of materials to that which is needed for the experiment. Label all chemicals with the owner’s name. Should you wish to store reagents at the NSLS, contact the beam line Local Contact and/or Lab Steward to determine if appropriate storage is available. Come prepared. Bring secondary containment trays and spill response materials, gloves, and eye protection. Transport of materials must meet the NSLS Shipping Guidelines.