HPCAT Sector 16 Orientation

Your Local Contact (Beamline Scientist) will complete the in-person portion of the orientation before the start of  your experiment.  All new Users must complete the orientation onsite.  Only returning users may recieve credit for completing the online version of our orientation.

Welcome to HPCAT

Please Remember to:

  • Register as an HPCAT User at https://hpcat.carnegiescience.edu  
        Every experimenter must register for every experiment
  • Review & Sign the Experimental Safety Approval Form (ESAF) by Principle Investigator.  Submit at least one week before your beam time
  • List ALL samples on the ESAF, including Beryllium (if used)
  • Record your data in HPCAT Beamline Notebooks
  • Use Wireless internet connection – direct connection is forbidden
  • Only Users with current beamtime are allowed at experimental stations
  • Wear closed-toe shoes. No open-toe shoes are allowed in the experiment hall
  • Complete APS End of Experiment Form – EEF will be sent by APS to on-site spokesperson to rate user satisfaction
  • Acknowledge APS and HPCAT for use of any of our facilities (Acknowledgement found here)

General Safety:

  • HPCAT Staff is responsible for identifying hazards, following and enforcing safety policies associated with HPCAT activities and addressing any concerns of our Users.  Staff members and users of HPCAT facilities at the APS are individually responsible for both their own safety and the safety of colleagues affected by their actions.
  • HPCAT’s Safety Policies are intended to supplement the analogous documents of ANL, APS, Carnegie Institution of Washington, and the User’s institution

“Safety First” and “Stop authority” principles:

  • Safety First  -No work we do is so important that  it needs to be done without assuring that proper safety measures are in place. Safety is of paramount importance.  If you have any questions ---ASK.
  • Stop Authority - If you see work or actions that may put you or others at risk, you have the obligation to stop the work and bring the situation to the immediate attention of your local contact and/or the floor coordinator.
  • If you are asked to stop work by anyone, you must do so.



In case of an emergency, Dial 911 using any ANL phone (or 630-252-1911 from a cell phone)

Emergencies include: Injuries, Fire, Water leaks, Electrical shock, laser exposure

Site Alarms:

Loud Steady Ringing of Fire Alarm Bells: Immediately leave the building, exit outside

Tornado or Severe Weather Siren: Go to the tornado shelter immediately (Restrooms or Machine Shop if open)

Steady Tone & Special Notification: Follow loudspeaker instructions