NFF Cleanroom Safety Guidelines

For safety reasons, all NFF users are required to observe the following guidelines:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the location of fire fighting equipment, first aid kit, safety shower and eye washer, emergency alarm button, fire escape routes, safety equipment and assembly point.
  2. Obtain proper training before operating a machine. Consult NFF staff if needed.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the chemicals before attempting to use them. Always refer to the MSDS for information on the physical, chemical, and toxicological properties of the chemicals.
  4. Plan your operation or experiment carefully. Bear in mind the hazardous properties of the materials involved.
  5. Learn how to use fire fighting equipment.
  6. Keep all fire doors closed.
  7. Never run.
  8. Beware of openings of the raise floor.
  9. Do not panic when an alarm goes off. Check where the alarm comes from.
  10. Do not temper with any gas boxes location onto the floor.
  11. Use appropriate personal protective equipment.
  12. Don't wait until an emergency occurs. Familiarize yourself with all emergency procedures prior to working in the laboratory.
  13. Know where to find the emergency contact point (hint: the information is placed beside all telephones in the laboratory).
  14. The buddy system should be applied when working in the laboratory, especially in a hazardous environment. Never work alone even for a minute.
  15. Check every operation before and after it is performed.
  16. Do not wear jewelry when operating the equipment as it can become trapped in the moving parts and cause severe injuries.
  17. Your clean room attire protects the equipment, not you.
  18. Be extra cautious around electrical equipment when wearing a bunny suit, as perspiration on your skin will lower your electrical resistance to current.
  19. Exercise extra caution when moving about the clean room while wearing a cleanroom garment, safety glasses, or goggles as your peripheral vision is drastically reduced.
  20. Allow yourself extra room around mechanical equipment as the loose fabric of your clean room attire can easily become entangled in it.
  21. Clean room gloves impair your manual dexterity and your sense of touch. By the time your hand senses the heat, your glove may already have melted.
  22. The protective hood or face shield covers your nose so your sense of smell is reduced.
  23. The bunny suit desensitizes all of your body so you are less likely to be aware of brushing against objects.
  24. Clean room booties worn over shoes are slippery and they get more slippery with use.