Experiment Safety Assessment Form (ESAF)
Every proposal awarded beam time must be accompanied by an approved
Experiment Safety Assessment Form (ESAF) before it is allowed to proceed.
For an ESAF to be valid, it must list all experimenters to be present at
the facility. In addition, when listing materials, protein names must be
written out in full (i.e. no abbreviations with the exception of "DNA" and
If your experiment does not involve any of the hazards listed below,
submitting the ESAF two weeks before your scheduled beam time should
provide enough time for its review and possible revision. Please visit our
Safety & Compliance
page for further instructions.
Please submit your ESAF far enough in advance to resolve any safety
issues so that your experiment can proceed.
N.B.: Hazards Requiring Additional Review
There are a number of hazards which will require a more detailed (and,
therefore, prolonged) review before access can be granted:
- Bio-Hazardous Materials
Experiments utilizing any of the following items will have to be
reviewed formally by the ANL Institutional Biosafety Committee
(IBC) as well as the IIT IBC:
The IBCs oversee the safety of all experimental participants and ratify
the proposed experimental protocol according to Centers for Disease
Control, Department of Transportation, and Department of Agriculture
regulations. This is a process which can take upwards of three
months; so consult with your Scientific Contact for IBC application
instructions well in advance if you think your experiment might
require the approval of the IBC.
- Human tissues or fluids
- Animal tissues derived from diseased animals
- Some plants and plant pathogens
- Some viruses and bacteria
- Some proteins which may be involved in causing disease or harmful
effects of the disease process
- Some sequences of DNA or RNA
Use of any other than a class I laser requires additional
ANL-supplied training. You will need to schedule a few hours to
complete this training. In addition, use of a class IIIb or IV
laser will require a written Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and an
on-site review of the assembled (but not aligned) laser system
before work may begin. A class IV laser will require all
operators to have an ANL-approved off-site eye examination.
All electrical equipment which is not certified by a Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) (such as Underwriters
Laboratories) or is modified will need to be inspected before it
may be used at the APS.
A listing of approved NRTLs is provided here.