Buddy System

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This page describes the LNF Buddy System, especially critical for chemical processing after hours, and the single user alert that are in place in the LNF. Chemical processing is forbidden if you are alone in the lab.

Buddy System Policy

If you are working in the LNF after business hours when there are only a few people in the lab and want to process with chemicals, use the buddy system: identify a “buddy” and ask them to stay in the lab while you are processing. Keep your buddy informed of your location and when you plan to leave the lab, and ask them to do the same.

We have yellow lights at the beginning of each bay that has wet benches. When the yellow light turns on, this indicates that there are fewer than 3 users in the lab. If you are working at a bench and the lights come on, please take the time to find the other person in the lab and let them know you are doing chemical processing. Ask them to check in with you before leaving the lab. If they are leaving soon, and you will be alone in the lab, you will need stop working with chemicals.

If you are about to leave the lab and the yellow lights are on, please see if there is another user in the lab doing chemical processing and let them know you are leaving. We need to work together to get our processing done.

There is a monitor near the gowning room entrance in the cleanroom with live feeds from the cameras, to easily find people in the lab. Please check the monitor as you leave to make sure that you are not leaving someone alone who is processing with chemicals.