The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Experiment Hazard Class 15.3 – Glovebox


This hazard classification applies to all experiments involving the use of a beamline owned glovebox for sample preparation.  Other hazard classifications and their associated hazard controls may also apply to experiments in this hazard class.

Experiment Category

Experiments involving this hazard class are categorized as low risk experiments unless other hazard classes apply.

Experiment Hazard Control Verification Statements

Engineered Controls – Controls provided by the glovebox manufacturer (and/or additional controls implemented by the beamline) for the operation of the glovebox system.

Procedural Controls – All work with beamline gloveboxes must be performed in compliance with the approved safety procedures developed by the beamline.

Design Reviews and Equipment Inspections – Equipment inspections may be required by the manufacturer for the operation of the glovebox and/or additional inspections may be required due to other applicable hazard classes.

Training – All persons using the glovebox must be trained, approved, and authorized by the beamline owning the glovebox as per the approved Standard Operating Procedure.  The training is recorded in the Argonne Training Management System (TMS) as APS6XX course number where XX is the sector number.

Signs and Labeling – As required by the beamline or manufacturer.

Personal Protective Equipment – Nitrile gloves for handling samples and any additional PPE that is required to operate the glovebox.

Dosimetry and Monitoring – None required.

Experiment Authorization

Unless otherwise noted in the approved experiment safety plan, the PSC Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of Operations delegates the authority to authorize an experiment in this hazard class to a member of the APS Experiment Safety Review Board and resident beamline personnel having the authority to authorize experiments as listed in the ESAF system.  Approval by both the host beamline and APS Experiment Safety Review Board are mandatory prerequisites for experiment authorization.

Hazard Control Verification

The PSC Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of Operations delegates responsibility for verifying that required controls are in place to the experiment On-Site Spokesperson and Beamline Management.

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Reviewed: December 16, 2022