All CEAF Users must follow these instrument access policies. Failure to do so may result in the termination of access privileges.

  1. Laboratory and Instrument Access
    • NEVER allow another person to use your WUStL ID and password or iLab to access any CEAF instrument or the lab. This rule is inviolable.
    • Active CEAF users will have an access to the facility.
    • Active CEAF users will have access to iLab booking calendars and instruments on which they have been trained by CEAF staff.
  2. Instrument Sign-up
    • All users must sign-up to use instruments in advance, using the online scheduling software iLab.
    • Reservations must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time to avoid booking fees. Please, make cancellations as early as possible to allow others access to the instrument.
    • Each instrument will have limits on the number of hours for which any user or user group may sign-up in advance. However, any authorized user may sign-up for an instrument in the 24-hour period before the start time
    • The booking iLab software will allow you to request notification of cancellations on an instrument you are waiting to use.
    • After making an instrument reservation on iLab, you must confirm the reservation using GO TO KISOK on iLAb before utilizing the facility, such as turning on the gas or turning on the instrument.  
  3. Laboratory and Instrument Usage
    • CEAF lab safety regulations must always be followed. Before beginning work, review the CEAF Lab Safety Rules. Take all necessary precautions to protect the equipment and yourself as you use the instrument.
    • Wear appropriate PPE during all experiments.
    • Neither food nor beverages are allowed in the lab at any time.
    • Follow CEAF instrument guidelines for each instrument you use.
    • Do not use an instrument if you are not sure that you can do so safely and correctly. If necessary, you may request additional training.
    • In addition to the electronic log, some instruments have paper log sheets to share instrument status between users, which you should use when present.
    • Leave instruments and the surrounding area cleaner than you found them. CEAF is not responsible if you leave any samples.  YOU MUST CLEAN THE SAPCE before you leave. 
    • If you have a problem with an instrument, you must report it immediately to CEAF staff by sending an email to them in person.
    • Users may leave instruments unattended during automated acquisition for short periods of time, as long as clear contact instructions are left with the instrument (name and cell phone number).
    • CEAF will not provide any consumables needed for the analysis.  YOU MUST bring from your lab that includes a pipette, pipette tips, and gloves.  
  4. Data Storage
    • Users are responsible for backing up all data collected on the CEAF instrument computers after each session.
    • Users may use the workstation to process data if needed it. 
    • The CEAF is not responsible for lost data or lost samples. 
    • Hard drives on instrument control computers and the CEAF workstation may need to be erased or replaced without warning.
  5. Billing
    • All users will be billed for access to CEAF instruments to cover maintenance and operating costs.
    • Rates are posted on the CEAF webpage, and listed on the online booking form for each instrument.
    • Users will be billed the maximum of the time reserved or the actual time on the instrument. Log off using the GO TO KIOSK screen lock after your session or charges will continue to accrue.
    • Late arrivals are billed from the start of the scheduled time.
    • Late cancellations (made less than 24 hours prior to start) are billed unless another user books or uses the canceled time.
    • Users who wish to extend their time they can extend if the next user is not reserved the instrument. This can be done by using GO TO KIOSK on iLab
  6. Acknowledgments
    In an effort to justify past and future financial support, it is essential for us to demonstrate that the CEAF is productively advancing research in the community. The best way to do this is to document publications that use CEAF resources.
    • If you use any CEAF resources, please acknowledge the “Chemical and Environmental Analysis at Washington University in Saint Louis” in publications of your work.
    • Please share a publication to CEAF staff in ordered document on the CEAF website and also CEAF resource.