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General Rules for Reservation and Use of Instruments
  1. The following documents should appear in a convenient spot near the instrument:
    • Name of the person in charge of the instrument and their contact information.
    • Log book: All users must log in the log book before starting to use the instrument and must record any anomaly of the instrument.
    • Sign up sheet: The purpose of the sign up sheet is to book the instrument at a certain day for a certain time period. Only authorized users are allowed to book instrument time. The rules for signing up depend on the individual instrument and on the percentage of usage. The rules will be determined by the person in charge of the instrument.

  2. User types:
    1. Group members
    2. Collaborators
    3. Others
    The Boss defines categories b and c.

  3. We do not have to have exactly the same rules for each instrument. The person in charge for each instrument can decide on variations within the fundamental professional guidelines.

  4. For outside users the process will be two-step:
    1. The individual requesting use should see the Boss first.
    2. The Boss decides if it is ok and explains the rules and the zero tolerance of any form of unprofessional behavior with respect to the sign up and use of the instrument.

  5. General rules for each instrument which apply to anyone using the instrument:
    1. Absolutely required to follow sign up rules, when signing up.
    2. Absolutely required to log in to the bog book BEFORE starting using the instrument and to report any problems or peculiarities that occurred during operation in the log book and to the instrument boss. The Boss will make inspections and anyone caught, who has not signed the log book, will lose user privileges.
    3. Procedures for proper operation given during training must be followed (it is important for the person in charge of the instrument to have these in writing and to modify in the face of experience).

  6. Special for outside group users. Outside group people are encouraged to use our equipment but:
    1. They must be given permission by the Boss; they must receive proper training by the person in charge of the instrument.
    2. They must check with person in charge of the instrument before booking instrument time. The person in charge of the instrument will generally know about special situations and may want to figure out a system for blocking out times when it is known or likely that the instrument will be used by members of the group. The format for signup is entirely up to the person in charge of the instrument as long as it is consistent with the guidelines for signup and use.
    3. The person in charge of the instrument may decide to run the sample as a favor rather than provide time-consuming training.