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NC State University has constructed state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities on the ground floor and plaza level of the Larry K. Monteith Engineering Research Center (MRC).  The plaza level cleanroom is a contiguous space consisting of 7,000 square feet containing semiconductor processing, test, and measurement systems. The cleanroom contains 4 gas storage rooms with a total of 31 gas cabinets. The gas storage room is fire rated, and has sprinklers, smoke detection, and its own exhaust ventilation system. The gas storage room is a locked, controlled access space that may not be entered without approval. NCSU Nanofabrication Facility (NNF) and Triangle National Lithography Center include the rooms, MRC 201 – 212 and MRC 227 - 240.

Engineering safeguards incorporated into the facility infrastructure are intended to minimize the hazards associated with chemical and gases used for semiconductor and related processing. Safeguards include gas monitoring systems, fast response smoke detection systems, standardized gas handling apparatus, special ventilation, and emergency power among others. However, no engineered safety system can replace the dedication and attention required of all personnel that work in these facilities to maintain a safe work environment. The cleanroom facilities and personnel working therein are required to meet NC State environmental health and safety protocols (see the EHSC Home Page). It is the responsibility of all personnel using the cleanrooms (faculty, staff, and students) to be familiar with all administrative and safety requirements and to immediately report accidents, injuries, or incidents to the appropriate person(s). Upon completion of reading this manual, a safety test will be given. The test serves a dual purpose. First, it shows that you understand the general safety requirements to work in the facility and second, that you will abide by the rules stated in the manual.

The facility is open for 24 hours and 7 days a week to all users who successfully complete the  safety orientation.  All users, who completed the safety orientation prior to September 23, 2013 are required to take the new safety test to gain after hours access to the facility.

If a user does not use the facility for an extended period of time after passing the safety test, NNF management reserves the right to require the user to retake the test.  The no-show duration that will result in loss of the entry privileges depends on on the experience level the user and it is left to the discretion of the NNF management.

After passing the safety test, the user is given a comprehensive tour of the laboratory by the NNF Laboratory Manager.  The user is then given  an ID number after successful  completion of the safety test.  The users are strictly not allowed to share this number with others. If the number is used while a user is logged into the facility, the door system computer locks up. If this occurs, nobody will have access to the facility until system has been reset. The door system will not allow a user back in the facility if the users fails to logout.