Safety and Compliance

BioCAT regards safety to be of central importance. No experiment or operation will be permitted at the facility if it poses a significant safety risk. BioCAT’s general safety policies are detailed in our Environment, Safety, and Health Plan. For specific experiments, the APS safety review process has been instituted to minimize the exposure to hazards.

Before arriving at BioCAT, please look at the following links:

Special Hazards

  • LASERS - Requirements for Using a Laser at BioCAT

    If you bring a laser or plan on using one of ours, there are training and safety requirements you must satisfy.

  • CHEMICALSHow to Transport Hazardous Materials

    You may only ship/ bring those chemicals listed on your APPROVED safety paperwork (ESAF), so please be complete. You must abide by all US DOT shipping regulations, so we advise Users to utilize their institutional shipping department to ensure proper shipping.

  • HIGH-PRESSURE VESSELS — Requirements for Using High-Pressure at BioCAT

    If you desire to use a device which produces pressure as part of your experiment, Mark Vukonich needs to be made aware of this at least 2-weeks in advance and the equipment description must be entered into the ‘Equipment’ Tab of your ESAF so that we may check for the inclusion of pressure-relief valves and burst disks, as well as, schedule an inspection.

  • BIOHAZARDS — Requirements for Doing a BSL Experiment at BioCAT

    Any Users who wish to do an experiment involving whole viruses, whole bacteria, or any human-derived samples (ie. protein, fluid, tissue, bone, etc) must first consult with the BioCAT Safety Officer, Mark Vukonich. There is an Argonne Review Process whereby experimental design, protocols, sample chambers must be submitted and approved by a special committee, in addition to normal paperwork. Human proteins experssed in bacterial systems are usually exempted, however, they must be clearly labelled in the ‘Materials’ Tab of your ESAF as having been made via a bacterial expression system.


    If you are unsure, please ask!

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