Mandatory precondition for the use of any of the ETH-IMP analytical facilities is the successful attendance of the ETH-course "Physikalische Methoden der Mineral- und Gesteinsanalyse".
Before considering work, carefully read the XRF-flow chart and have all mentioned preparations done before you sign up (sample list, microscopic description, preference list, allowed rock chemistries and sample identifications, etc.)
Read the lab rules and regulations ("Laborordnung" and "Reglement") carefully, by signing up you accept them and take on certain responsibilities.
Make sure you have no allergies to acetone, alcohol and hydrochloric acid, for further information read the MSDS (material safety data sheets).
There is one reservation calendar posted in the door of room NO 18.1:
For the rock crushing room (backroom, no separate entrance) and for the XRF pill preparation room (front room). Both are part of room NO CO 25.
By signing up, you legally accept the lab rules and regulations of the lab (see above).
One user can sign up for a maximum of two consecutive days a week, and three days in total per week (third day a week only after checking with the lab assistant).
An exception applies for the Fission Track Group, since the use of the vertical mill produces a lot of dust which must have time to settle. They are working for longer shifts, so that their longer cleaning procedure can be minimized. This affects the back room only.
On the day of scheduled work, the lab key and platinum materials can be picked up from the lab assistant. In some cases, it might be useful to get the key the night before, if you want to start work early.
In the case of longer absence (>1 day) of the lab assistant, look out for postings of whom to ask (replacement). It might also be placed in the preparation lab safe. (Schleifwerkstatt: see Andreas Jallas, room NO D 14).
Every user takes on responsibility for the key, lab, machines and materials during the time he/she is signed up for, until inspection and check out with the lab assistant.
The detailed operational instructions do not replace personal instructions by the lab leader or assistant. The lab manual can either be downloaded from this site (see Forms), or handed out as a photocopy from the lab assistant.
Do seek advice rather than risking an injury by operating an instrument (jaw braker, mills, hydraulic press, oven, etc.) without being sure what you are doing.
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