General policies in the X-ray lab
1) Access to the lab is allowed only to authorized personnel (i.e., under supervision of “certified" operators).
2) All diffractometers are operated with radiation safety enclosures. Ambient radiation is monitored by the radiation safety unit.
3) Certified operators are responsible for taking a refreshment training course on general and radiation safety according to BGU safety unit, once a year, and medical checks, as required.
3) Liquid nitrogen can cause severe burns and therefore is extremely dangerous. Working with liquid nitrogen requires wearing shoes, special protection gloves, and a protective mask.
4) No food/drinks in the lab.
5) There are O2 level detector sensors monitoring the lab. When there is not enough oxygen in the lab, an alarm with flashing lights is set off. Immediate lab evacuation is required.
6) Maintenance, alignment and calibration of the equipment in the lab will be done by certified operators only.
7) The facility is operated by the x-ray crystallography lab staff who were trained by Rigaku, participated in radiation safety training, and obtained specifically required medical checkups and certificates. There will be no independent users (students/postdocs) trained to operate the instrument.
8) The customers from BGU are encouraged to include crystallographer name as a coauthor in publication when full data analysis, structure determination and preparation for publication is done by the crystallographer, in addition to regular payment.