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Center for Nanoscale Materials

Required CNM User Training

Safety is integral to the Center for Nanoscale Materials’ scientific mission.

Before performing work at the CNM, you must attend the pre-job brief and take orientation and safety training courses.

Pre-job brief:

The pre-job brief is required if you are coming onsite to perform work on your proposal. It is a virtual orientation that is held every Friday at 11am CT. Please email the CNM User Office (cnm_​useroffice@​anl.​gov) to sign up and obtain the zoom link.

Orientation and safety courses:

We encourage you to take these courses remotely before you arrive at Argonne. 

  1. Go to the Remote Training website.
  2. Enter your Argonne badge number, generated through the registration system.
  3. Locate the CNM Facility Core Courses” section and follow the links to the courses.
The  required CNM core courses are:
  • CNM 101: Center for Nanoscale Materials User Orientation (2-year training interval)
  • ESH 100U: Argonne National Laboratory User Facility Orientation (2-year training interval)*
  • ESH 223U: Cybersecurity Annual Education and Awareness (1-year training interval)*
  • ESH 590: Engineered Nanomaterials Orientation (one-time course)
  • User Master Agreement Acknowledgement Form - Please sign and return to cnm_​useroffice@​anl.​gov

*Argonne employees need SEC101ESH1000 and ESH223

Additional Courses:
  • Users of the electron microscopy facilities in buildings 212 or 216 also need NST212216 Orientation for CNM User Work in Buildings 212 and 216.
  • Users who need to use the Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility onsite are required to take the in-person course CNM440C101: Orientation to Building 440 Clean Room (C101). Please contact your scientific contact for scheduling.
Remote Users:

User Responsibilities

Users must adhere to all hazard control requirements as specified by Argonne National Laboratory and the CNM safety panel. The necessary orientation, training and operating procedures are assessed on a case-by-case basis. An experimental safety review will be conducted that considers the materials, processes and procedures required for safe and effective conduct of the proposed experiment, including any equipment or facility assembly or temporary relocation of instruments and materials from the user’s laboratory.

Current limitations on samples and reagents include those requiring Biosafety Level 3 or 4 and radioactive materials; neither protocols nor infrastructure are in place for these materials at the present time.