Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne Policies

You should receive a detailed outline of Argonne policies when you arrive on site. Here's a brief summary of those most important to visitors:


Individual guests staying at the Lodging Facility or Guest House may bring alcoholic beverages on site only for personal consumption in their rooms. Transport is restricted to unopened containers.

Drug-Free Work Place

Argonne is committed to a drug-free workplace in order to provide a safe and productive environment for those individuals employed by the laboratory and those communities affected by the laboratory's operations. All employees and facility users will be mentally and physically fit for duty and will report to the Argonne Medical Department any health situation or use of prescription and/or non-prescription medications that may inhibit their ability to perform required job duties.

Security and Lab Protection

The Argonne site is not open to the public. Only persons with business at the laboratory or officially sponsored visitors are allowed, except during public events such as Argonne Outloud events. You will receive an identification badge on your first day at Argonne, and you will need to use your badge as a means of identification to gain admittance to the site. Your vehicle may be searched as you enter or exit the laboratory. Any remarks about bombs or other threats will be taken seriously.


All materials and services on the Argonne site, unless properly identified with another organization, are the property of the U.S. government. The theft, misuse, or personal use of government property is unlawful and is grounds for immediate discharge. No property or material, except for personally owned goods, may be removed from the laboratory site without an authorized Property Pass or Loan Agreement. Property passes can be obtained from your supervisor. Argonne reserves the right to inspect and search vehicles entering or leaving the site.

Traffic Enforcement

The security department, in coordination with the Argonne Protective Force contractor, will implement the traffic enforcement policy described here. Issues that arise as a result of this enforcement should be conveyed to the security department manager. All persons driving on the Argonne site must obey posted signage, wear a seat belt, and have an appropriate and valid driver's license. Also, the use of cell phones while driving is prohibited.


Firearms are prohibited on the Argonne site unless special authorization is provided by the chief operations officer after review by Argonne's security and safety divisions.

No Smoking

It is the policy of Argonne to establish a smoke-free environment for its workers and visitors. The smoking of tobacco products including electonic cigarettes is thus prohibited in all interior space at the Argonne site, except for those rooms or areas of the Guest House and lodging facilities specifically designated for smoking. In addition, smoking is prohibited in any outdoor areas in front of air intake ducts or immediately in front of the main entrance to a building.

Medical Emergencies

Dial 911 in cases of injury, illness or medical emergency of a non-Argonne employee. The Argonne Fire Department will respond and provide transportation to an off-site medical facility. If non-Argonne employees enter the Argonne Medical Department with an injury, illness or medical emergency, they will be given minimal treatment, and the medical staff will call the Fire Department for transportation to an off-site medical facility. Users are expected to carry their own health insurance for treatment at off-site medical facilities.

Mobile Communication Devices

Individuals operating motor vehicles on the Argonne site are prohibited from using mobile communications devices, including hands-free equipment, while driving, for any purpose. This policy applies to Argonne employees as well as Argonne users and visitors to the Argonne site. This policy applies to any mobile communications device that:

  1. Sends or receives telephone calls, sends or receives voice, text or email messages and/or connects to the internet
  2. Is owned by Argonne, another organization or an individual