Argonne National Laboratory

Preparing for Your Visit

Welcome to Argonne National Laboratory and the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM). Here you will find information about:

The information below pertains to proper laboratory attire, transporting chemicals that aren't shipped, and what to bring to the Laboratory. 

Proper Attire in CNM Laboratory Facilities

Many facilities used for CNM-related work are essentially chemical laboratories; all personnel visiting the CNM should bring and wear clothing that is appropriate for such environments. Although the CNM makes some personal protective equipment available to users, you must provide your own clothing. If you are wearing sandals, high-heeled or open-toed shoes, mesh fabric shoes, shorts, short skirts and dresses, or jewelry with long chains, you may not be able to work in these laboratories. In addition, the following may apply:

  • Persons having long hair may be asked to tie it back or put it under a net.
  • Persons wearing loose clothing might be asked to constrain clothing that could become caught in equipment or otherwise interfere with work.
  • Persons working with strong corrosives should wear clothing that can be easily removed

Many areas have posted requirements for entry. These requirements may include:

  • Shoes impervious to liquids
  • Clothing that will offer some protection to the legs
  • Chemical splash goggles
  • Chemical-resistant sleeves, aprons, and or other clothing
  • Chemical-resistant gloves

Please be aware of these requirements and pack accordingly.

Chemicals

Planning Considerations

Users are advised to keep to a minimum the amount of hazardous materials they bring to the CNM. Please check to see if your scientific contact can arrange for needed chemical reagents. If the needed chemical reagents are not available, try to arrange for direct shipment from the manufacturer or supplier to the CNM.

Transportation of chemicals to Argonne must conform to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements and, except for properly packaged material brought in under the small quantity exception mentioned in the tables below, may NOT be carried in by researchers in vehicles they are driving.

CNM users needing to transport hazardous material to the CNM are advised to contact support organizations at their home institutions to determine what is permitted under Federal Aviation Administration and DOT regulations. Please do NOT assume you know the regulations.

Shipping Chemical Waste Off-Site

Wastes are materials that have no further use. Hazardous wastes may not be shipped from Argonne, but must be disposed of by the Laboratory. Argonne and the CNM make this service available at no cost to you as a CNM user.

To use this service, someone from your group and someone from the CNM (your scientific contact) must be aware of the history of the materials comprising the waste. In particular, a member of your group and a CNM staff member will have to indicate whether the material has been used in a location where it has been subject to activation or radiological contamination.

Although there are alternatives for chemicals whose history is not well known, they are more expensive, and the CNM seeks to avoid associate analytical costs if possible.

Federal law places significant restrictions on the shipment of hazardous chemical wastes. The CNM has arranged for the disposal of chemical wastes you generate while working there at no cost to your home institution, thereby eliminating the need for you to ship materials to your home institution.

Options for Moving Materials TO the CNM FROM Other Locations
DOT Hazard Classification Argonne Shipping Department User Transport on the Argonne Site User-Arranged Carrier Pickup
Nonhazardous Materials Not Classified as Hazardous by DOT or Centers for Disease Control   Not applicable Allowed Allowed1,2
Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods and Etiological Agents 1. Small quantities of qualifying materials Not applicable Coming soon, but not yet available3 Ground ship only permitted1,2
Air/rail/water not permitted
2. All other hazardous materials Not applicable Not permitted Not permitted

1 Shipping papers shall be addressed as from: User Name, User's Home Institution, c/o the User Organization, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439.

2 If the sender is an Argonne employee or if Argonne material is being sent, the shipment must be arranged through the Argonne shipping department.

3 In accordance with the small quantity exception as specified in CNM Procedures).

Reagents and Samples that Might Require Further Study

Any samples that might require further study should not be considered waste. Such materials may be transported to your home institution in conformance with the procedures identified herein, as may unused chemical reagents and intermediates.

Options for Moving Materials FROM the CNM TO Other Locations
DOT Hazard Classification Argonne Shipping Department User Transport on the Argonne Site User-Arranged Carrier Pickup
Nonhazardous Materials Not Classified as Hazardous by DOT or Centers for Disease Control   Allowed Allowed Allowed1
Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods and Etiological Agents 1. Small quantities of qualifying materials Allowed Coming soon, but not yet available4 Ground ship only permitted5,6
Air/rail/water not permitted
2. All other hazardous materials Required Not permitted Not permitted

4 In accordance with the small quantity exception as specified in CNM Procedures). Please note that although the CNM is in the process of making arrangements for shipment of small quantities of many classes of hazardous chemicals, those arrangements are not yet in place. However, the Advanced Photon Source (APS) has a similar program in place. If you will also be working at the APS, you may be able to bring materials to the CNM under the APS program.

5 Users should not identify Argonne as the shipper. Shipping papers shall be addressed as follows: FROM: User Name, User's Home Institution, c/o the user organization, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439

6 If the sender is an Argonne employee or if Argonne material is being sent, the shipment must be arranged through the Argonne shipping department.

Storage

You should identify special storage requirements for materials that you will ship to and store at CNM facilities on the safety submittal form describing your work. Your CNM scientific contact will let you know where these materials may be stored.

Recommendations of Things to Bring

Manuals

Please bring copies of operations manuals for equipment brought to the CNM.

Material Safety Data Sheets

As required under federal law, each hazardous material shipped to the CNM must be accompanied by a material safety data sheet (MSDS). Please bring a copy of the most current MSDS (under most circumstances, no more than two years old). The CNM does not require MSDSs for samples, but does require that the following information accompany samples shipped to the CNM:

  • Available information characterizing known and suspected hazards
  • Recommended precautions