Safety Training Information

APS and DCS Safety Training is required of all users 

Training consists of online courses and onsite sector orientation.  All training must be completed and current to use the DCS Facility.  It is the responsibility of the PI to ensure that all users have completed their training before arriving at the DCS, except for Onsite Sector Orientation.  Access to the DCS labs and experimental stations will not be allowed unless all training is complete and the ESAF is posted.  In addition, a pre-job brief is required before work commences in any DCS experimental station.

APS User Training Requirements

All users are required to complete APS User Training before experiments can commence at the DCS. Required APS training for each user can be found on the submitted ESAF. Please visit the APS Training website for more information on accessing all of the required online training courses. Any participants classified as remote on the ESAF who do not complete required training will be removed from the ESAF.  Once the ESAF is posted, no additional users will be added.

DCS Sector Orientation Requirements

Sector Orientation, in accordance with APS Policy and Procedures for Sector Specific Training, is required by all staff and users, if one of the following is applicable:

  • User is a new user of the DCS facility
  • It has been two years since the user’s last Sector Orientation
  • Significant changes have been made to the DCS facilities, policies, and/or procedures since the user’s last visit to the sector

Part 1: Online DCS Sector Orientation must be completed prior to a user’s arrival at the DCS:

  1. Complete the Online DCS Sector Orientation – Course: APS235
    1. At the completion of this online course, you will be directed to the Argonne National Laboratory site where you will login with your badge # and password to acknowledge you have read and understood the material.
  2. Read the DCS Conduct of Operations Manual
    1. Carefully read and understand the Manual, which defines the process and policy for the conduct of operations for work activities conducted at the DCS. Conduct of Operations is a philosophy of working in a formalized, disciplined manner to achieve operational excellence that requires a commitment to maintain the highest standards of quality. Compliance to this Conduct of Operations is compulsory.  Upon arrival at DCS, you will be asked to sign and acknowledge you’ve read and understand the Manual’s content.

Part 2: On-Site DCS Sector Orientation:

Once all users have arrived on-site, a DCS staff member will provide the group with Part 2 of the Sector Orientation. On-Site Orientation materials will be provided to each user and will include:

  • Safety Brochure
  • Safety Checklist
  • Experimental Hutch Search Pattern Diagram
  • DCS Staff-led safety orientation

Pre-Job Brief

All users are required to attend the pre-job brief conducted by the DCS staff before experiments begin.  Please note the following stipulations:

  1. The pre-job brief shall be given only once.
  2. All onsite users participating in the experiments are expected to attend at the pre-arranged time.
  3. Any onsite user who does not attend the pre-job brief shall not be allowed to perform any work within the DCS facilities.
  4. For onsite experiments and if the PI requests that a user, who has not attended the pre-job brief, be allowed to assist with experiments, then work during that PI’s allocated time shall be suspended in order to provide all participants with the pre-job brief again.